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Week of December 6, 2009

Carrier challenge in the USA – Offering two SIM cards for one phone number

Over the last couple of days I have been tweeting and discussing with my international friends about a solution that we are really missing here in the USA, in comparison with Europe or other Asian countries:

“ Two SIM cards for one mobile phone-number.”

Since I immigrated to USA from Europe,I have had to make a daily decision about which phone I would put my Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card in. The carriers in Europe allow you to have two separate SIM cards that use the same phone number.  (Source: Johan van Mierlo and Remo Knops, MobilityMInded)

Posted Friday, December 11 2009 by ChrisD
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The strange parallels between Microsoft's century start and decade's end

9. Mobile devices rule the day. Handheld PDAs, many running Palm or Windows CE operating systems, were the hot geek gadgets in 2000, as seen at PC Expo and Comdex trade shows (Anyone remember the first Compaq iPaq?). In 2009, smartphones were so popular that unit sales exceeded laptop sales, according to Gartner. But for smartphones, Microsoft's mobile OS stood behind Apple and Google products for mindshare and geek enthusiasm. (Source: Joe Wilcox, BetaNews)
Posted Thursday, December 10 2009 by ChrisD
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Five Reasons Why Android Could Kill Windows Mobile

NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system could be the product in the smartphone space that is most vulnerable to the rise of Android, whose market share has steadily climbed over the past year. A variety of factors, ranging from a pairing of the Android OS with the solidly selling Motorola Droid to a positive trend line in Android OS adoption, suggest that Windows Mobile could be squeezed out of the multiple-mobile-device ecosystem unless Mobile 7, rumored to be released sometime in 2010, proves to be the substantial improvement that Microsoft promises. (Source: Nicholas Kolakowski, eWeek)

Posted Tuesday, December 8 2009 by ChrisD
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Paragon Software Releases Handy Safe Pro Software, Advanced Mobile Data Protection for Windows Mobile Phones

Professional Level of Private Data Protection, Strong Encryption and Password Security, Finger-friendly Interface and Smooth PC Sync

 Freiburg, GERMANY – December, 2009 – Paragon Software Group announces the release of Handy Safe Pro, the new professional version of the best-selling private data storage application for Windows Mobile devices (Symbian S60 application was released at the end of 2008).
Handy Safe Pro guarantees secure storage and convenient private data control on the mobile screen thanks to advanced password and encryption protections, finger-friendly and easy manageable application toolbar and two-way synchronization with PC. All the private and sensitive information will be securely stored to prevent unauthorized use as well as always accessible for the user directly from mobile screen.

Handy Safe Pro brings mobile users some peace of mind while keeping such vital information as passwords, credit card details, codes, accounts, logins, insurance policies and many others – all in one place, available for use on the go, as well as encrypted and hidden from the thieves or hackers. The program also allows to synchronize the data with PC, easily access, edit, import, restore previous databases and locate the information to user-defined folders.

Handy Safe Pro key features:

•       Modify the default information forms according to your needs (add more specific fields for text, number, date and password) or send the form by SMS or e-mail 
•       Restore accidently deleted items
•       Activate e-mail address or phone number with a single tap
•       Show/hide passwords option
•       Finger-friendly customizable tool-bar
•       Finger-tip navigation

*Data protection
•       Strong 448-bit data encryption (Blowfish) keeps the data private and secure. There is currently no effective code-breaking solution for Blowfish encryption. 
•       Use any combination of symbols and characters for password
•       Password strength check
•       Built-in Password generator- for generating secure passwords
•       Password hints in case if the password was forgotten
•       Autolock feature for when Handy Safe is idle

*Customizable forms
•       30+ predefined templates to store specific information according to user’s needs 
•       Create user own personal templates with customizable icons
•       Arrange information cards in folders exactly the way user wants and create the new ones if necessary
•       Edit forms and notes quickly with new menu functions:

*Handy Safe Desktop Professional – a PC companion
•       Easy access to the smartphone information on PC
•       Specially designed synchronization mechanism
•       User defined database location
•       Import previous Handy Safe databases: copy database from phone, restore from backup or locate database
•       Password generator
•       Professional design and usability: easy to use toolbar, database wizard, hide password function and more

Handy Safe Pro for Windows Mobile is available for 29.95 USD (20.95 EUR, VAT included) via download from http://www.penreader.com. Handy Safe Pro for S60 is available for 34.95 USD (29.95 EUR, VAT included) via download from http://www.penreader.com.   For other sales inquiries, please contact Paragon at [email protected].  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, December 7 2009 by ChrisD
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Rummble Opens New Doors For Windowsฎ Phone

Lets Anyone Find People and Places Nearby on Windows Mobile 6.1+
LONDON, UK, December 7, 2009 - Rummble, the easiest way to find people and places nearby you love, today announced the public availability of Rummble for Windowsฎ Phone at Heroes of the Mobile Screen event in London (http://www.mobileheroes.net/). With this launch, Rummble is set to opens new doors for Windows Phone, making it's unique personalised real-time recommendations platform available for the first time on Windowsฎ Marketplace for Mobile, using a touch-optimised interface compatible with Windows Mobile 6.5 & 6.1

"We are excited to be working closely with Rummble, and by having their latest and most up-to-date release on our Marketplace, our Windows Phone customers will have access to one of the best and most powerful location based services available today" said David Weeks, the Marketing Manager for Windows Phone.
Rummble empowers people to become an influencer among their own social circle. Anyone using Rummble can, rate, share, & review any location, and with Rummbles patent pending technology, the service delivers personalised results to users learning their tastes as they go.
Most services re-publish directories containing the same bars, restaurants and hotels where as Rummble is designed to help you create and share the "long tail" of local content in the physical world; be that a museum, a favourite park bench, meeting place, salon, dog walk, public art or hiking spot.
Features in version one of Rummble for Windows Phone include:
• Discover personalised recommendations nearby, quickly and easily
• Check-in to any venue and notify your group of friends instantly
• Show the buzz from specific venues in real-time from the twittersphere
• Find out where your friends are and what they are doing
• Connect Rummble to Twitter, Facebook, Bebo and Linked-In
Rummble for Windows Phone fits neatly into peoples business and personal life, whether they're looking for a meeting spot with colleagues at a conference or hoping for serendipitous meeting with friends while out on the tiles.
"Windows Mobile has always been one of the most capable mobile platforms available, but there is no question new entrants have increased competition in the market" said Andrew J Scott, Rummble Founder "Windows Phone 6.5 is an important upgrade and with over 30 new handsets launching in 2010 that is many millions of people who we want to be Rummbling around the world!"
Get Rummble by searching for it in the Marketplace on your handset. Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 users can install Marketplace here:
http://mobile.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/downloads/get-marketplace.mspx (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, December 7 2009 by ChrisD
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