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Week of November 6, 2005

VITO UPDATES BUTTONMAPPER FOR WINDOWS MOBILE 2005

VITO ButtonMapper to double your hardware buttons

Vito Button MapperVITO is glad to announce the update of its popular application VITO ButtonMapper 3.42 which makes it fully functional in Windows Mobile 2005. This application is specially designed to increase the standard button mapping capability of your Pocket PC.

 There is no need to pull out a stylus every time you want to perform a routine action like checking your inbox for new e-mails or opening a file from a text editor. You can do it by pressing one and the same hardware button by using handy ButtonMapper’s features.

 VITO ButtonMapper is the best way to double the functionality of your Pocket PC’s hardware buttons. This is realized by assigning two actions for a single button: short press or press and hold. This alone brings the interaction with your Pocket PC to a higher level. Using ButtonMapper you can start about 8 different applications by pressing only 4 hardware buttons. But this function is only to begin with.
Among its other useful features are
• assigning different actions for one and the same button depending on which application is running at the moment,
• starting all major system applets,
• stylus taps emulation,
• recording macros.
All these functions used aptly greatly simplify interaction with your Pocket PC and at some point can even prove the uselessness of stylus. You can specially benefit from using VITO ButtonMapper when reading e-books, using text editors, checking your inbox for new messages, turning on bluetooth or wireless conection and many, many more…

The  most efficient way of using VITO ButtonMapper is to bundle application dependant assignments with macros recording. What you do is simply assign an application to button. Then you choose this application in configuration menu, start it and record a macros of stylus taps. The last step is to assign the newly created macros to the same button that starts application. Now you can start for instance writing a text just by pressing one and the same button two times.

VITO ButtonMapper is available as an exe., zip. or a cab. file for over-the-air download. Provided trial version works without any limitations for 14 days; the full version can be purchased for $9.95 at the company’s web site www.vitotechnology.com. Volume discounts are available.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Friday, November 11 2005 by ChrisD
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First annual Gear of the Year

2005 PDA OF THE YEAR 
Windows Mobile 5.0 scores in PDA market
It's been a year of flux in personal digital assistants, with even Palm migrating toward Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system. The Dell Axim X30 (right) captured the most awards this year, described as the "best low-cost Pocket PC" by Pen Computing, PDA Buyer Magazine, and PC World as recently as August. But the new Axim X51v (left) — the first Windows Mobile 5.0 handheld, released on Sept. 22 — clearly outranks it and already boasts several Editors' Choice awards, which we'll add to the index soon.
More info: Dell Axim X51v Pocket PC
Link to all ratings and full reviews of PDAs (Source: Brian Livingston, Windows Secrets)
Posted Thursday, November 10 2005 by ChrisD
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Carnival Time in Nürnberg, Germany... and SoftMaker is crazy enough to give out software for $11.11 and $22.22!

It's THAT time of the year again... exactly at 11:11 am on November 11, Carnival starts in SoftMaker's hometown of Nürnberg – world-famous in Germany.

We don't care for Samba in Rio or even for Mardi Gras. We have something much better: The original Nürnberg Carnival! It offerssomething for everyone: silly speeches, weird dances, German sausages, and way too much Bavarian beer.

It is customary to do harebrained things on the day Carnival starts. Following this tradition, we will slash prices of our PlanMaker spreadsheet, our MegaFont font collection, and of Nyditot Virtual Display.

PlanMaker is a must for serious spreadsheet users - and at just $22.22 or EUR 22.22 a steal, too. Fully Excel-compatible and available for Windows, Linux, Pocket PCs, and Handheld PCs.

For even smaller amounts of money, our huge MegaFont XXL font collection and Nyditot Virtual Display are on sale, too.

This offer is valid for exactly one day, which is about as long as we need to come to our senses again. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, November 10 2005 by ChrisD
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Worldwide PDA shipments up 21 per cent in 3Q05: Gartner

Meanwhile, Gartner said HP's iPAQ shipments declined 20.2 per cent in the third quarter. PalmOne's PDA shipments declined 36 per cent, resulting in a drop to the number three position. The Sidekick II and Pocket PC Phone Edition devices pushed T-Mobile into fourth place, with 305.5 per cent growth.

Recently another IT consultancy -- Framingham, Mass.-based IDC Corp. -- released its' latest figures on the worldwide handheld market. IDC's "Worldwide Handheld Quarterly View" stated device shipments decreased 16.9 per cent year over year and fell 8.8 per cent sequentially in 3Q05 to 1.6 million units.

In terms of ranking the top five handheld vendors based upon market share and units shipped, IDC said Palm lead the charge, followed by HP, Acer, Dell, and Mio respectively.  (Source: Liam Lahey, eChannel Online)


Posted Thursday, November 10 2005 by ChrisD
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Windows Mobile 5 keeps LetsComIT one step ahead

The latest version of LetsComIT's flexible, customizable and adaptable PDA solution is now available using Windows Mobile 5.
 
LetsComIT are continuing to lead the way in with the most up to date mobile technology developments. The latest version of their flexible, customizable and adaptable PDA solution is now available to all their customers using the new Windows Mobile 5 platform.

By becoming one of the first companies to develop a mobile data system compatible with the latest version of the Pocket PC operating system Windows Mobile 5, LetsComIT can pass on the vast benefits of these latest developments to their customers immediately.

Windows Mobile 5, while still retaining all the familiarity of its predecessors, has evolved to include an upgraded security pack, which is becoming ever more crucial as use of mobile data becomes ever more common. LetsComIT can now offer the most secure mobile data package on the marketplace, ensuring complete peace of mind for your business and your customers.

It will enable, while remaining fully transparent, a more efficient operating environment for the end user. Unlike the previous offerings, Windows Mobile 5 ensures that no data will be lost if the battery fully discharges.

Windows Mobile 5 also supports the latest in communications technology, by operating on the 3G network. This enables faster and more reliable data transfer between mobile devices and central systems.

LetsComIT's experienced and reactive IT team have already taken full advantage of the latest unique toolsets which Windows Mobile 5 provides, making the adapting and customizing of each company's PDA solution even faster than with previous software.

By updating their PDA solution to run with Windows Mobile 5, LetsComIT's mobile data software is able to run on the latest handheld device from O2, the XDA Exec, fully exploiting all the unique features of their most innovative PDA to date.

Operating more like a Tablet PC than a PDA, the XDA Exec offers the functionality of a 'mini-laptop' while retaining all the portability of a PDA. A large QWERTY keyboard enables more rapid and effortless data entry and the new context soft buttons allow shortcuts to the most commonly used applications, and, dependent upon where you are in an application, various screens within a program. It is also specifically designed for 'one-handed operation'.

LetsComIT will also be able to work with similar devices expected from Orange and T-Mobile later on this year.

Jerome Richard, IT Director, LetsComIT, commented, "With the introduction of Windows Mobile 5, LetsComIT will bring the benefits of the next generation of mobile technology to every organization, be it businesses of one or two employees or major blue chip companies. By updating our software to run on this system, our customers will gain, not only a decrease on what is already one of the shortest deployment times, but also faster data transfer and enhanced security. LetsComIT's technoholic IT team has worked hard to ensure that, by developing for Windows Mobile 5, that we remain entirely up-to-the minute." (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, November 10 2005 by ChrisD
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Say hello to My Little Tank!

Attention! Your country needs you! The General invites you to join him behind enemy lines and engage in a little light tank warfare!

Astraware is excited to announce the release of My Little Tank, a fun arcade-style blaster offering hours of miniature tank mayhem! The game is available for Palm OS(R) 5.0 devices with hi-res screens and Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone, including support for Windows Mobile(R) 5.0.

Through 60 action-packed levels you must shoot enemy tanks, defend your base, and destroy enemy radar stations and bases. You will encounter a range of hostile terrains including snow, swamp, plains and deserts. As levels progress, tougher enemies will appear that require more than one shot or more effective weapons.

As you carry out each mission a range of powerups will appear to aid your progress including Smart Bombs that destroy all tanks in the vicinity; Health Bonuses to regenerate your tank; Speed to make your tank go faster; Invincibility to protect your tank against the enemy; Weapons Upgrades; and Freeze Bonuses to halt the enemy tanks and make them easier to blast!

Who'd have thought playing with tanks could be so much fun? You can even choose what colour tank to play with!

"My Little Tank is great fun, quick and easy to get into, and even if you're not normally an arcade style gamer you should give this a try," said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. "We've really enjoyed working with Binoteq on the development of this title, and we hope everyone will have just as much fun playing it!"

My Little Tank is released on Wednesday 9th November for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) handhelds, with a regular price of $19.95. For a limited period the game is available at the special price of $14.95. Enlist with My Little Tank now at http://www.astraware.com/mlt. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, November 9 2005 by ChrisD
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GiveMePower Ships PowerCAD SiteMaster 2 – Laser-Based Solution Automates The Creation Of Floor Plans, Areas and Inspection Drawings

New SiteMaster release dramatically improves production of "field to finish" AutoCAD®-compatible floor plans, areas, inspections and presentation drawings for building information and management professionals

CALGARY, Alberta (November 8, 2005). GiveMePower Corporation (OTCBB: "GMPW"), today began shipping PowerCAD® SiteMaster™ 2, the second generation of the fastest, easiest and most powerful automated software system which lets anyone create professional, AutoCAD®-compatible floor plans, inspection drawings and area calculations at "the speed of light" - anytime and anywhere using a handheld laser and any Windows® desktop or mobile computer.

Proven to increase productivity by up to 1,000% on jobs for McDonald’s, Cartier, Deutsche Telecom and the US Navy, SiteMaster 2 features new tools which greatly enhance the speed and ease by which new or ‘as-built’ floor plans, inspections and precise area calculations are created for the construction, design, maintenance, management and delivery of building information.

Primary users benefiting from the use of SiteMaster 2 include architects, appraisers, contractors, estimators, facility managers, inspectors, owners, planners and real estate agents; and also public officials who can now computerize storage and remote accessibility of up-to-date digital building plans for first responder and other public safety/security purposes.

"Our customers are telling us that SiteMaster 2 may be one of the most important advancements in the history of building information management", said Bill Walton, president and CEO of GiveMePower. "Most certainly, there is no other system in the world that is as fast and easy to use in measuring and producing precise digital building plans for literally millions of potential building surveys. If doing the same job at least twice as fast as before, using half the labor and with 100% laser precision qualifies, we’re pleased to accept the acclaim on behalf of our clients."

More than 100 companies, government enterprises and educational institutions, representing over a hundred million square feet of commercial and residential building space, helped contribute to the final production release of SiteMaster 2. Highlighted projects and success stories using PowerCAD SiteMaster 2 include:

•Average 600% productivity improvement for on-site creation and instant email delivery of more than 300 as-built restaurant drawings for McDonald’s, helping the world’s leading foodservice provider meet strict new public safety and security laws in the UK.

•More than 500% productivity improvement in the creation and management of precise, as-built building information in support of event management for 56.5 million cubic feet of space at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Includes data for specific drawings for each event that are sent to structural engineers (load analysis), fire marshals (safety), ticket agencies (seating), and event production (sound, audio/visual, rigging, decor, etc).

•Under 2-week deployment for Vivento Technical Services in Germany, allowing 25 initial team members with no prior experience to successfully measure and draw 13,778 rooms representing over 1 million square meters of technical areas and facilities throughout Germany for Vivento’s parent company, Deutsche Telecom.

Profiled in a Microsoft Corporation white paper and acclaimed as "truly revolutionary" by industry trade publications, PowerCAD SiteMaster utilizes a portable handheld laser such as the Leica DISTO™ Plus to facilitate instant "point and shoot" creation of detailed, AutoCAD®-compatible drawings anytime and anywhere using a Bluetooth® wireless desktop, laptop or XP tablet PC - or on a Windows® Mobile® pocket PC, handheld PC or pocket PC cell phone, which combines the power of a pocket PC with the convenience of a cell phone.

PowerCAD SiteMaster is part of GiveMePower’s unique family of CAD Anywhere™ 2D and 3D design, viewing and mobile/wireless collaboration solutions – each designed to save time and money in the office, in the field or on the shop floor. Other users benefiting from GiveMePower technologies include; AT&T, General Dynamics, Maytag, Penn State University, the United States Postal Service and other branches of the U.S. Military.

PowerCAD SiteMaster 2 Availability

PowerCAD SiteMaster 2 is now available for purchase at special introductory pricing from $995 until Dec. 31, 2005. For more information, including bundled laser, software and hardware configurations, contact a GiveMePower Premier Solutions Provider, call 1-888-977-6937, or see www.givemepower.com/products/powercad_sm.cfm for details on how to obtain a free 30-day trial version. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, November 8 2005 by ChrisD
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SuperCalendar Version 3.6 just released by ScaryBear Software

ScaryBear Software has just released SuperCalendar version 3.6 with the following changes:

- Made several updates for support on the Windows Mobile 5 OS devices:

    - When editing existing appts that span more than one day, the editor will display the end date as one more day than it really should be. Corrected this issue.

    - Made various changes to accommodate the new persistent memory environment.

    - Updated the coding to recognize appointment database changes and refresh the SuperCalendar screen.

    - For Dell x50v devices (with VGA screens), corrected a display window sizing issue for the Month View screen.

- For the 24-hour time format regional setting, corrected an issue with  the displayed date in the appointment edit screen.

- Simplified the coding to better handle different regional date settings.

This is a point release, so existing users can download this update from our web site at www.scarybearsoftware.com  (Source: Press Release)
Posted Tuesday, November 8 2005 by ChrisD
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LingvoSoft Bilingual Talking Dictionaries win Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards!

We are proud to announce that on November 4, 2005 the Board of Experts for the Fifth Annual Best Software Awards conducted by Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine (formerly Pocket PC magazine) declared LingvoSoft Bilingual Talking Dictionaries to be the winner in Text and Reference Multilingual Dictionaries category! As such, it recognizes the remarkable achievements of LingvoSoft developers, programmers and linguists.

LingvoSoft Bilingual Talking Dictionaries incorporate advanced speech technology called formant synthesis that creates voice simulation by modeling the sounds of natural human speech. They feature expanded word databases, convenient search options, and the ability to create your own personalized dictionary and support high-resolution displays and screen rotation. Fully integrated with LingvoSoft language learning FlashCards and Phrasebook applications, they will greatly enhance the effectiveness of your language learning endeavors!

Click here  for all available languages or subscribe here and check the new releases often!

Use our new Search Wizard at the left of www.lingvosoft.com to speed up your
search! (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, November 8 2005 by ChrisD
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Allure Games Pack 2.2: Discount 30% off! Only 24.45$!

Allure Games PackThe Allure Games Pack games are easy to learn, and difficult to master. These fun-filled games provide a refreshing break from your work, making you more productive when you return to your computer tasks.

Allure Games Pack is not just a simple pack with quick-made games. This is a bundle of high-quality games available separately but combined together to provide the games of all kinds for you.

These games are for you and for your children as well as some of them can be played by two humans simultaneously.

Features:

9 games in a single pack; when we add a new game, registered users get it for free Discounted price. Save 50% by purchasing all these games as Allure Games Pack! Each game can be installed separately to prevent memory space waste. Games contain a wide range of features and options that make gameplay more attractive Updates for existing games are released each month, making the games corresponding to your demands  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, November 8 2005 by ChrisD
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BoxWave is pleased to announce the ClearTouch Anti-Glare and ClearTouch Crystal for E-TEN and Torq models!

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handphotoThe ClearTouch Anti-Glare and Crystal is compatible with the following devices:

*E-TEN M500 / *E-TEN M600
*Torq P100 / *Torq P100w

The Anti-Glare, just as the name reveals, is best known for it's anti-glare properties which reduces 99% of UV rays caused by reflected light. It is also popular for it's fingerprint free surface and it's "matte-finish" that offers a smooth "pen on paper" feel when using your stylus on your screen that many users have come to love!

The Crystal is known for it's amazing glass-like clarity and 99% visual transparency. It's so clear that it can't be noticed on your screen when your device is on! In addition, ClearTouch Crystal even helps to protect your eyes by reducing 99% of UV Rays caused by reflected light!

Both the Anti-Glare and Crystal are rewashable and reusable, allowing you to use the ClearTouch for a longer period of time than most regular screen protectors. Also, check out the Special 3-Pack Bundle for convenience and extra savings!

Check them out here:
ClearTouch Anti-Glare for E-TEN M500 & E-TEN M600
ClearTouch Anti-Glare for Torq P100 & P100w (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, November 7 2005 by ChrisD
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Handmark® Releases New 4.0 Version of ZAGAT TO GOSM Restaurant/Entertainment Guide For Palm® and Windows Mobile™ Pocket PC

 

New Version Includes Wireless Updates; Street Maps And Turn-by-Turn Driving Directions

Handmark®, a global leader in mobile media, today announced the immediate availability of the new 4.0 version of ZAGAT TO GOSM, the mobile version of Zagat Survey’s hugely popular restaurant and entertainment guides, for Palm® handhelds and Treo™ smartphones and Windows Mobile™ Pocket PCs. In addition to its comprehensive ratings guides, ZAGAT TO GO now offers many new features including wireless content updates, detailed street-level maps, and turn-by-turn driving directions to the user’s desired destination(1).

ZAGAT TO GO guides can now be installed via desktop installations for traditional PDAs, or accessed and updated over-the-air from wireless devices, a new feature frequent travelers should find invaluable. The subscription-based service, available at a special online download price of $24.95 per year, offers access to more than 60 guides of trusted Zagat Survey content. Zagat guides include the latest reviews, ratings, pricing and other essential information for thousands of restaurants, nightspots, stores, golf courses and more. Information is presented in the classic Zagat Survey format that is familiar to millions of devotees around the world.

"Handmark is committed to improving our customer’s experience by adding valuable new features to ZAGAT TO GO and by extending support to new wireless devices, beginning with Palm OS and Windows Mobile handsets," said Douglas Edwards, Handmark co-founder and executive vice president. "Anyone for whom quality entertainment is important, from frequent travelers and businesspeople to golfers, restaurant lovers and others, will find ZAGAT TO GO an indispensable addition to their Palm OS or Windows Mobile Pocket PC device."

Comprehensive Information

ZAGAT TO GO delivers a comprehensive collection of more than 60 newly updated, survey-based guides for U.S. cities and locales as well as other top destinations around the world. Restaurant information—the most well-known Zagat service—is presented by neighborhood, cuisine, and special features, with ratings furnished for food quality, decor, service and cost. All restaurant data is searchable according to the user’s needs, making it easy to find the perfect restaurant for any occasion or interest.

In addition to its restaurant guides, ZAGAT TO GO also offers ratings and reviews for nightlife in 20 cities including Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco and more; the best U.S. golf courses; shopping in New York City; and the top movies of all time.

ZAGAT TO GO subscribers can install as many guides as they wish and can access content updates at no additional cost. Every establishment can be stored under "My Favorites" as well as in the user’s address book for easy access; personal notes about each establishment can also be added.

Full Color Maps

Two of the most useful additions in the new version of ZAGAT TO GO are the Map and Directions features. After choosing a restaurant or other establishment, simply click on "Map" to see the destination plotted on a detailed street map; by clicking on "Directions To" and entering your present address, turn-by-turn directions are displayed. Users can toggle between the map and directions to ensure you reach the destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Availability

ZAGAT TO GO 4.0 for Palm OS and Windows Mobile Pocket PC is now available and can be installed from either Windows or Macintosh computers. A retail package with CD-ROM and a one-year subscription will be available for $29.95 in time for holiday gift giving. A one-year subscription is available via online download at a special price of $24.95 USD. For more information or to purchase the downloadable version of ZAGAT TO GO, please visit software.zagat.com, or www.handmark.com. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, November 7 2005 by ChrisD
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MASTER KICK for PocketPC devices released!

INDUSTRY ENTERTAINMENT (http://www.indus3.org) is proud to announce the release of new game MASTER KICK for Windows Mobile PocketPC devices.

Once, there was a table-soccer, now we have Master Kick!

Master Kick arises in glory of the best arcade version of table soccer seen till now! It's not just a game with stunning graphics of various playfields and players, weather visual effects, or live cheering. Master Kick gives you the full atmosphere of soccer match combined with foosball skill. Highly sophisticated AI plus numerous formations selection, playing in a league or quick match will not fail any soccer fan expectations. Great dynamic music and sound powered by MODULA Audio Engine and full screen support enlarge the overall game experience. Master Kick is available for all the Windows Mobile PocketPC and PalmOS devices. One thing is for certain, Master Kick tried once, will become your favorite addiction!

Master Kick establishes new standards of arcade sports games:

GREAT ATMOSPHERE

- Master Kick gives you the full atmosphere of soccer match combined with table soccer.

ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY

- The most addictive and challenging table soccer ever.

AMAZING VISUAL EFFECTS

- Brilliant graphics, weather effects, including several playfields (grassy, indoor, cyber, snow), different teams dresses.

SIX PLAYFIELDS / SIX TEAMS

- Play it indoors, outdoors, in cyber world, on real grassy playfield, in mud, on the snow...

VIVID SOUND FX AND MUSIC

- Vivid sound of cheering and dynamic music.

ACTION REPLAYS

- See how gorgeous goal you scored.

CONTROLS FOR EVERYONE

- Play it using buttons, or stylus... or both.
And much MORE!!!

Master Kick is available for all the Windows Mobile PocketPC devices, with screen resolution of 240x320 or 480x640 pixels.

Visit official Master Kick web site at http://masterkick.indus3.org for more details, screen shots, trailers, game trial download and purchasing the game. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, November 7 2005 by ChrisD
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Handheld Design Releases CF+ Series Sensor

Handheld Design, Inc. announces the CF+ series sensor and data acquisition products for handheld PDAs. Those products include analog-to-digital converters (A/D), A/D with high-gain amplifier for bio signal acquisition, 2/3-axis accelerometers, magnetometers, barometers and humidity meters. The powerful sampling control and display software, Handheld Sampler™, contains a signal generator so you can try it out even without a hardware card. It is free for download. Please visit the company’s web site for details. http://handhelddesign.com (Source: Press Release)


Posted Sunday, November 6 2005 by ChrisD
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