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Week of August 7, 2005

Why mobile synch can stink

Now that I've got my Windows Mobile 2003 smartphone serving as a wireless cable modem for my notebook, I'm trying to take the Verizon Wireless-provisioned Audiovox XV6600 to the limit for both work and pleasure -- and endeavour that has required mastery of the art of synchronization. Is the gain worth the pain? Tell me what you think. (Source: David Berlind, ZDNet)
Posted Saturday, August 13 2005 by ChrisD
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 iMATE PDA2k/O2 XDA IIs/Qtek 9090 Series Hi-Capacity Battery Released

Pocket PC Techs are pleased to announce that we have released our Hi-Capacity 2400 mAH Li-ION Polymer Battery for the iMATE PDA2k/O2 XDA IIs/Qtek 9090 Series.   Based on our testing, the standard 1490 mAH battery runs for 3.5 hrs or so.  Due to some special tweaking of the microcontroller of our battery, we have benchmarked our 2400 mAH battery at 7.5 to 8 hrs of run time.  That's a 54% increase in runtime based on the lowest benchmarked time.

Our benchmarking consisted of using KeepAlive to datalog the battery status and running the system on maximum brightness and power, with the radio off.  Many of the competing hi-capacity batteries produced currently will not function properly or report to the system an accurate remaining capacity due to an issue with the battery microcontroller.  We guarantee ours will.

Note: Advance Order Only - ETA 8/26/05 or sooner. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Saturday, August 13 2005 by ChrisD
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MobileDataforce® Launches Intercue Publisher 2.0, Enabling Companies to Easily Update Mobile Employees with Electronic Forms

Intercue Publisher ensures consistency across the enterprise by allowing companies to track those who have, and have not, installed the latest updates.

Meridian, Idaho - August 9, 2005 -- MobileDataforce®, the leading provider of rapid application development solutions for mobile environments (RADS-ME), announces the release of Intercue Publisher v. 2.0 to enable companies to automatically distribute new and revised electronic forms on Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm OS, and Tablet PC devices, plus Windows XP laptop and desktop computers.

Companies that use handheld devices to collect data in the field experience a common problem: ensuring that a new or revised form is received and used by all employees. If employees are using different variations of the same work order, for instance, or do not have a new work order installed on their handhelds, numerous technical or administrative problems could result. Intercue Publisher solves this problem by automatically publishing all new and edited forms to all subscribed users and creates reports that offer details on the employees who have successfully received and installed the most recent updates.

Intercue Publisher enables companies to target specific devices that have been deployed across the enterprise for each update. With every form that is published, companies have control over which workstations and which mobile devices associated with those workstations will receive the new form.

“We developed Intercue Publisher to help manage the distribution of large numbers of electronic forms to mobile field workers with handheld computers,” says Kevin Benedict, CEO of MobileDataforce. “When you have remote users, many different electronic forms, and different versions of these forms, it is important to have an application like Intercue Publisher to bring order to this process.” (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, August 9 2005 by ChrisD
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OneMail reads all your webmail, popmail and webpage in One Click V3.4 by Brightex Technology Limited

OneMail reads all your webmail, popmail and webpage in One Click V3.4: Discount 30% off! Only 20.95$!

OneMail is the ONLY PDA software that reads all your webmails, popmail and webpage in One Single Click
With OneMail, getting your AOL Mail, YahooMail, HotMail, POP Mail, MSN Mail and your favorite WebPages to your Pocket PC has never been easier!

OneMail is Simple
With OneMail for Palm/PocketPC, you can access all your webmails and favorite Webpages in One Click!
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OneMail consolidates YahooMail, MSN, AOL, Hotmail, POP Mail and Webpage to your PDA!
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it is a no-brainer experience for any users! You will not miss any important HTML email sent to you.
OneMail Saves you Money and Time

Product Features:

Supports YahooMail, AOL, HotMail, MsnMail, POP Mail
Access your favorute webpages as an Avantgo-like Service
Converts any HTML to text, No HTML Viewer required
support of WinCE, PocketPC 2002 and PalmOS
support of VersaMail, ClieMail, DataVizMail, PalmOS Mail and iamBicMail

Product Options:
Version 3.X Trial/Free Version
Supports Hotmail, MSN, AOL, Yahoomail, POP Mail and WebPages
Only Synchronize one single email account or webpage
Each times synchronize 10 latest emails only

It is FREE

Version 3.X Full Version
Multiple email accounts and webpage, as many as you want
Converts HTML Email to Text - No HTML Viewer Required
Free update and discounted product upgrades

$20.95 Only!!
Version 3.X Branding Service
You can have your Own Label OneMail
Marketing Message added to all downloaded emails
Excellent Premium Gift for Corporate, Alumni
Volume Discount applies!!  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, August 9 2005 by ChrisD
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Kingston Broadens SD Ultimate Line with 2-GB Card

Increases Capacity of Ultra Performance Card Line for Professional Digital Users

Fountain Valley, CA -- August 9, 2005 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the further expansion of its Secure Digital (SD) Ultimate Card product line with the release of a new ultra-performing 2-GB capacity card.

With super-fast 120X transfer rates, Kingston SD Ultimate cards offer significant performance benefits over current Standard and Elite Pro lines of SD cards. The greater storage capacity of the 2-GB SD Ultimate card meets the rigorous demands of professional digital photographers.

"Kingston's SD Ultimate line is designed to provide pro users and serious digital enthusiasts a performance edge in optimizing their high-end digital equipment whether it's a digital camera, MP3 player or PDA," said Mike Kuppinger, digital media manager, Kingston. "Our new 2-GB SD Ultimate cards build on that advantage by offering greater capacity to manage larger files," added Kuppinger.

Similar to CD-ROM drives, many devices are currently sold with an 'X' speed rating to give users a performance indicator of how fast a card can transfer (read and/or write) images. Kingston X-speed ratings are based on 'write' speed, and X-speed performance is a function of MegaBytes per second (MB/sec) of write speed. Higher X-speed ratings signify faster cards.

Kingston's SD Ultimate cards were first products to ship in its new Ultimate family of digital media. CompactFlash Ultimate cards will be next to join the Ultimate line. The new 2-GB SD Ultimate card, part #: SD/2GB-U will have an MSRP of $219.00.

Kingston SD Ultimate Features and Specifications:
Capacities 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB*
Dimensions - .94" x 1.25" x .08" (24mm X 32mm X 2.1 mm)
Speed Rating** - 21 MB/sec. read rate; 120X / 18 MB/sec. write rate
Operating Temperature 32 F to 140 F (0 C to 60 C)
Storage Temperature - -4 F to 185 F (-20 C 85 C)
Standardized complies with SD Association specification standards
Small about the size of a postage stamp
Secure built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
Simple as easy as plug-and-play
Reliable lifetime warranty
Economical low power consumption is easy on device's batteries 
(Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, August 9 2005 by ChrisD
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Nominees finalized and judging begun for Pocket PC magazine’s the Best Software Awards 2005

Nominees have just been finalized in Pocket PC magazine’s Best Software Awards – the most comprehensive awards for Pocket PC and Smartphone software – now in its fifth year. Judges are now evaluating and voting for best 2005 software.

New Products Editor, Diane Dumas, and the 2005 Board of Experts have finalized the nominees from Pocket PC magazine’s exhaustive Encyclopedia of Software and Accessories. Over 700 Nominees, in 129 categories have been selected. Finalists will be announced in late September, winners in October at the Awards Home Page at  www.pocketpcmag.com/awards/  Complete details about the winners will be included in the 2006 Buyers Guide, available early November, mailed free to Pocket PC magazine subscribers.

The awards are divided into three sections:
1) Pocket PC Software (85 categories):   www.pocketpcmag.com/awards/nominees_2005.asp
2) Smartphone Software (22 categories):  www.pocketpcmag.com/awards/categorysp_2005.asp
3) Software for Developers (22 categories): www.pocketpcmag.com/awards/category_2005.asp?catid=46
List of all nominees in all categories:    www.pocketpcmag.com/awards/category_all_2005.asp

From July 1, 2005 through July 15, 2005 the nominations were open to feedback from the general public and were open to modification. 

Comments on the nominations may be made in the Pocket PC magazine forum:
Ninety Windows Mobile experts in Pocket PC and Smartphone software from around the world help select the nominations and then vote for winners. These experts are prominent Web Sites associates, Microsoft MVPs, support forum contributors, and Pocket PC magazine contributors. Their qualifications can be view from the board of experts page. These are all volunteers and none who vote are employed by Pocket PC magazine. Developer Software nominations are determined by a team of experts headed by Christian Forsberg of www.businessanyplace.net and Bob Katayama of www.han-d-solutions.com.

The Board of Experts cast votes to determine the winners during August. Winners and finalists are the top vote getters. These experts also submit comments about the software for publication in 2006 issues of Pocket PC magazine.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, August 8 2005 by ChrisD
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