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Week of January 8, 2006

Debugging Third Party Software Applications for Windows Mobile 5.0 using Visual Studio 2005

A step-by-step guide compiled by Seth Fogie. Presented to the Windows Mobile development community by Airscanner® Corporation http://www.airscanner.com.

Summary: Prior to the release of Windows Mobile 5.0, the developer community was easily able to debug pre-compiled executables without the source code. You simply used the freely available EVC++ to open and execute the file, which would drop the exe onto the PDA and start a debugging process that attached to the remote executable. However, with the introduction of WM5, which requires Visual Studio 2005 for all programming, debugging a third party program without having the source code became a bit more difficult. This document will clarify the necessary steps to get Visual Studio debugging your Windows Mobile applications. Thanks to everyone at Microsoft who helped us get this working!

Link: http://www.airscanner.com/security/WM5debugVS2005.pdf (Source: Airscanner)

Posted Tuesday, January 10 2006 by ChrisD
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First to Combine the Variety of Internet and XM Satellite Radio Content with Smart Radio Navigation and Timeshifting Convenience

SelectRadio™ software for wireless handhelds was unveiled today here at the 2006 International CES. Users of handhelds with wireless capability and SelectRadio™ software now can listen live to thousands of Internet radio stations and XM* Satellite Radio’s online music, news and comedy channels. The software also lets users timeshift programs and set up groups of favorite stations for easy access, monitoring and navigation.

According to the Internet and Multimedia 2005 Arbitron/Edison Media Research study, variety and control are leading reasons consumers listen to internet radio. Similarly, satellite radio listeners report that their best experience with the service is diversity of content and programs, according to a 2005 study funded by the National Association of Broadcasters.

SelectRadio lets users sample and create groups of favorite channels, then display what each station is playing. SelectRadio’s patent-pending HyperScan™ technology automatically seeks favorite artists and can be set to skip specified artists. To assist listeners in exploring new artists, SelectRadio provides a unique TrackSnap™ feature which can capture a song from the beginning, even if the listener didn’t select the song until midway through the initial play

For live listening, SelectRadio uses the handheld device’s wireless Ethernet or USB connection from the desktop to connect to any of thousands of Internet radio channels streaming in MP3 or Windows Media formats. For example, SelectRadio provides easy access to more than a thousand free Shoutcast stations (www.shoutcast.com). In addition, SelectRadio receives XM Radio Online channels, available by separate subscription.

Timeshifting features in SelectRadio include a flexible scheduler that can be set for specific times or for pushbutton quick start. In timeshift mode, the artist and title information is captured for easy navigation during playback. SelectRadio also lets users scroll through the displayed song artist and title list to jump to specific songs. During playback, users also can add artists to "seek" and "skip" lists.

SelectRadio is compatible with Intel XScale 270-powered handhelds, including the latest family of Dell Axim* devices, the HP iPaq* hx series and others with Microsoft Windows* Mobile 2003 or Windows Mobile 5.0 operating systems,

Also announced at CES is the SelectRadio "Rock Your Handheld" contest at www.selectradio.com. Site visitors can register for a chance to win a package of upgrades including a SelectRadio license, two gigabyte storage card, portable speakers, earbuds, FM transmitter and an XM Satellite Radio gift card.

SelectRadio will be priced at $35 for a device-specific license. A free beta version is available now at www.selectradio.com. Beta version users can receive a free electronic coupon good for 20% off SelectRadio v1.0 software, which will be available in February 2006.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, January 9 2006 by ChrisD
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Socket Communications Announces Support for Palm Treo 700w Smartphone Running Windows Mobile 5.0

NEWARK, Calif., Jan. 9, 2006 - Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today announced support for the Palm® Treo 700w smartphone running Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. Socket's E300 SD WLAN Card, Wi-Fi Companion software, SD Scan Card 3E and Cordless Hand Scanner 7 Series (7E, 7M and 7P) have been tested and work with the Palm 700w:

E300 SD WLAN Card ¬- Designed for Windows Mobile devices, the Socket Go Wi-Fi! E300 is the smallest, fastest, most secure 802.11b SDIO Wi-Fi card available. It includes Socket's Wi-Fi Companion software application, an intuitive graphical utility that enables users to easily find, connect and manage available or favorite Wi-Fi networks.

Wi-Fi Companion ¬- Designed for Pocket PCs with integrated 802.11 WLAN, Socket Wi-Fi Companion is an intuitive, graphical software application that greatly improves the user's experience detecting hotspots, setting up and monitoring a connection, performing basic site management functions, viewing access points and determining the strength of a wireless connection.

SD Scan Card 3E ¬- The Secure Digital Scan Card (SDSC) 3E is a Series 3 entry-level bar code scanner that adds affordable scanning to Pocket PC or Palm devices. Based on miniature Linear CMOS Imaging technology, the SDSC 3E scans all popular linear bar code symbologies. SocketScan keyboard emulation software sends decoded data to any Windows or Palm application just like keyboard entry.

Cordless Hand Scanner 7 Series ¬- Socket's Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Series 7 offers wireless bar code scanning to meet a wide range of application requirements and make mobile scanning convenient and simple. The CHS Series 7 includes the versatility of Linear CMOS technology as well as the power of laser bar code scanning technology with the convenience of Bluetooth® Wireless Technology in a single compact, light-weight product that fits comfortably in the palm of a hand. The CHS 7M and 7P also feature Fuzzy Logic laser scanning technology for reading damaged, poor quality or hard-to-read bar code labels. All CHS Series 7 products offer a powerful Class 1 Bluetooth radio to assure the maximum possible cordless range. The CHS Series 7 is supported by Socket's SocketScan keyboard emulation software and software developer's kit (SDK).

³Socket has supported Palm products for years and through our established relationship, we will continue to ensure that Socket quickly supports new devices as they are introduced,² said Peter Phillips, vice president of marketing at Socket. ³Socket's products expand the functionality of Palm's PDAs and smartphones to deliver unprecedented user experience and enhance mobile productivity for enterprises making investments in handheld computing.²


Socket's products are currently available through Socket's worldwide distribution channels and the Socket website.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, January 9 2006 by ChrisD
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Cubis featured on new Palm Treo 700w smartphone from Verizon Wireless

Astraware is excited to announce a license agreement with Palm, Inc. which sees Astraware’s award-winning Cubis game included on the much-heralded new Palm(R) Treo(TM) 700w smartphone from Verizon Wireless running on Windows Mobile(R) 5.0.

"This is an exciting time to be involved with all of these companies working together for the first time," said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware, "and having a game bundled with the first such device is not only fantastic for Astraware, but also for the new owners of this device, who will be excited about the content."

Astraware is the premier developer and publisher of games and entertainment software for the Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) platforms’ range of handhelds and smartphones. Astraware's long-standing relationship with Palm and their position as a Microsoft(R) Certified Partner company makes them ideally placed to develop games for the Palm Treo 700w smartphone running on Windows Mobile(R) 5.0.

"We are very pleased to include Astraware's Cubis on the Palm Treo 700w smartphone from Verizon Wireless. Graphically attractive with rich audio, the game perfectly demonstrates the features of this new Treo smartphone, and particularly highlights the one-handed control that embodies the Treo experience," said Mark Bercow, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Palm, Inc.

In addition to Cubis, Astraware has a number of additional titles which are compatible at launch with the Palm Treo 700w smartphone. These include Astraware Sudoku, Super Slyder(TM), and My Little Tank. These games are available at the Astraware website at http://www.astraware.com. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, January 9 2006 by ChrisD
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Handmark® Pocket Express™ Now Available for New Palm Treo 700w smartphone from Verizon Wireless

Handmark®, a global leader in mobile media, today announced that its Award-Winning Pocket Express™ wireless information bundle is now available for the new Palm® Treo™ 700w smartphone from Verizon Wireless running on Windows Mobile® 5.0.

The personalized Pocket Express experience is faster than web surfing on mobile phones by orders of magnitude, and the intuitive PageOne interface serves up content with fewer clicks than required by mobile browsing. Pocket Express turns the Treo 700w smartphone into a personalized information center. News, sports, movies, maps, an Oxford dictionary and more can be automatically updated throughout the day, and accessed with minimal navigation.(1)

"The Palm Treo 700w smartphone from Verizon Wireless represent a unique opportunity for Handmark to extend our Pocket Express service to a whole new class of customers," said Douglas Edwards, Handmark cofounder and executive vice president. "With features optimized for the Treo 700w smartphone, Pocket Express perfectly complements the elegance of the Treo smartphone and functionality of Windows Mobile 5.0."

"Handmark Pocket Express leverages the outstanding wireless capabilities of the new Palm Treo 700w smartphone," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president, business development, Palm, Inc. "With fast updates and a wealth of information customizable to meet the interest of every user, Pocket Express is a must-have for users of this landmark new device."

Pocket Express can quickly map any address in the U.S. and Canada and provide turn-by-turn driving directions between two points. Pocket Express Directories search allows users to look up any published personal or business phone number, perform reverse phone number and address searches, or find a person or a business without paying traditional directory assistance charges. Once found, Pocket Express users can add a listing to the device address book, dial the phone number automatically, or display a map showing how to get there. A myriad of information, including news from the Associated Press, local

movie listings, stock updates and more is never more than a few taps away.

Handmark Pocket Express is available for $6.99 per month or $69.90 per year through http://express.handmark.com. For more information on Handmark titles optimized for Windows Mobile-based Treo smartphones, visit www.handmark.com. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, January 9 2006 by ChrisD
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UK's new PDA-friendly Web Directory Launched

Purelymobile's new Palm and PocketPC-friendly directory can be found at http://www.purelymobile.co.uk. The new service provides a searchable directory of the most popular and new pda sites in the UK and around the world. All sites are approved before inclusion in the directory to ensure a scroll-free browsing experience for users. Coming soon: User Product reviews and Win an iPod Nano competition. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Monday, January 9 2006 by ChrisD
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DualCor's cPC Preview at CES 2006

So you want a Pocket PC and Tablet PC? Well you can get both with the DualCor cPC! I met with Steve Hanley, President of DualCor at the Lunch at Piero's event where I saw the DualCor cPC. 

Additional articles on the cPC:

DualCor's cPC Preview at CES 2006 - Accessories
DualCor's cPC Preview at CES 2006 - Pictures
DualCor's cPC Demo at CES - Video (Source: Chris De Herrera, Pocket PC FAQ)

Posted Monday, January 9 2006 by ChrisD
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