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Week of June 8, 2008

HTC Touch Dual Review

Say hello to my little friend: the HTC Touch Dual North American version. It's small, it's soft-touch cuddly, yet it packs the power of Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, 3G HSDPA for the US and a slide-out 20 key QWERTY keyboard that uses predictive text. At 400MHz it has the power to keep up, and there's ample RAM to keep things moving smoothly. It runs HTC's TouchFLO user interface, let's call it TouchFLO 2.0 because it has new features since TouchFLO first debuted on the GSM HTC Touch, and it's had the kinks worked out. While the recently released (overseas) HTC Touch Diamond may have stolen some of new US Touch Dual's thunder with its even fancier and sexier TouchFLO 3D interface and shiny, slim good looks; the Touch Dual US model is the one folks here can actually put to better use now. Why? Because the Touch Dual is a quad band GSM phone that supports all US bands unlike the Diamond, and because the Dual has US 3G while the Diamond doesn't. And while TouchFLO 3D shows great promise, it's slower than TouchFLO "classic" on the Dual-- call it growing pains.  (Source: Lisa Gade, Mobile Tech Review)
Posted Friday, June 13 2008 by ChrisD
Rating: 2.5 Comments ()

Absolute unveils Computrace Mobile to help protect wireless devices from data loss and theft

The only solution for the management of all remote computers and handhelds used by an organisation

Absolute Software, the leading provider of patented computer theft recovery, data protection and Secure Asset Tracking solutions has today launched Computrace Mobile. Based on the successful Computrace desktop and laptop management solution from Absolute, Computrace Mobile, is the only solution on the market for the management of all remote computers and handhelds owned by an organisation.

Computrace Mobile is very easy to install on supported handheld devices, enabling organisations to delete sensitive information held on lost or stolen devices and reduce costs associated with managing mobile devices and users.
Computrace Mobile is supported on all Windows Mobile 5 and 6 handheld devices including popular models like the MOTO Q, Treo 750 and Samsung BlackJack. In 2007, the worldwide sales to end users of devices using Windows Mobile rose to 14.7 million devices, which was an 86.9% increase compared to 2006. (Gartner Dataquest, Market Share: Smartphones, Worldwide, 4Q07 and 2007, March 2008.)

“We provide our customers with the tools they need to manage all their computing assets from a single, integrated user interface,” said John Livingston, Chairman and CEO of Absolute Software. “Organisations have traditionally struggled to manage mobile assets like laptops and handheld devices. With the availability of Computrace Mobile, Absolute is uniquely positioned to provide an asset management and data delete tool for mobile devices to help organisations avoid costly data breach penalties.”

Computrace Mobile delivers:
• The industry’s only solution for the management of all remote computers and handhelds owned by an organisation.
• Reduced operational costs associated with managing mobile devices by using the Computrace platform’s integrated Customer Centre reporting for hardware, software and user information.
• An additional layer of data protection.
(Source: Press Release)

Posted Thursday, June 12 2008 by ChrisD
Rating: 1.5 Comments ()

SMS-Chat Now Smiles at You

Enjoy texting with threaded SMS!

            June 11th, 2008 – VITO Technology releases a new version of SMS-Chat. SMS-Chat lets you organize your SMS correspondence into threaded SMS conversations. New version now has smilies. The telephone numbers, hyperlinks or e-mails that you receive in SMS are now more usable as you can simply click it and the necessary application with the data will be called out then. Minor bugs have been removed. SMS-Chat users who liked the bright skin will now have an opportunity to choose the skin they’ve got used to.

            Chatting at present is a ritual which is hardly possible without numerous smilies showing emotions that people feel and shortenings what stand for so many words. So as SMS-Chat is one of the messengers for chatting we decided to give its users an opportunity to vary their texting with different emoticons. New version of SMS-Chat supports cool animated smilies.

            The feature that everybody really likes in the previous version of SMS-Chat is the ability to click hyperlinks to open in browser, to click phone number to place a call and e-mail to send a letter.  Now this feature has become even cooler. In previous version you were to click the SMS to call out menu buttons afterward choose the needed action. As far as the new version you only need to click the highlighted text and SMS-Chat will automatically detect whether it should give a ring, e-mail or open the link in the browser. A nice touch, isn’t it?

            We’ve received many letters saying that users got used to the bright skin and there is no opportunity to choose it. Therefore the new version supports two skins bright and dark. Moreover, we’ve fixed minor bugs of previous version.

            SMS-Chat is available for $14.95 at http://iwindowsmobile.com. SMS-Chat supports English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, and Russian.   (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, June 11 2008 by ChrisD
Rating: 1.25 Comments ()

PhatWare Releases PhatNotes 5.3 for Windows-based PCs and Smartphones

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces the release of a new version of its PhatNotes notes organizer for Windows Mobile devices and Windows based PCs. The new version features improved compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista, two new UI themes, Windows taskbar menu, and improved autobackup feature.

PhatNotes screen shot
PhatNotes screen shot

PhatNotes allows users to easily create, search, and sort text-based notes on Windows-based Smartphones, Pocket PCs, and desktop PCs; it also allows synchronizing of notes between multiple platforms, giving users a powerful way to manage and access their personal information on-the-go. PhatNotes was named as Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine's "Best of Category" honors in the "Utilities-Notes" category for the seven straight years.

A key new feature added to PhatNotes 5.3 is the new Windows taskbar menu which provides a quick access to the PhatNotes application and all opened notes and allows users to hide PhatNotes popup windows when minimized, create new notes, and change other application settings. New Application options allow to toggle PhatNotes taskbar icons and change basic application behavior. The new version of PhatNotes has been updated to support Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and the latest mobile devices powered by Windows Mobile 6.1. In addition, the desktop potion of PhatNotes features two new UI themes and improved autobackup feature which allows creating multiple backup files and is now independent from the manual backup wizard.

"All improvements made in the new version of PhatNotes are based on the feedback that we've received from PhatNotes users" - said Stanislav Miasnikov, president of PhatWare Corp., -- "We hope that all PhatNotes users, especially these who requested some of the new features, will be pleased with the new version."

PhatNotes Pricing and Availability
PhatNotes 5.3 is available now at the list price of $39.95. A free 30-day trial version of PhatNotes 5.2 can be downloaded from the PhatWare web site at http://www.phatware.com/phatnotes. PhatNotes 5.3 is a free upgrade for all registered uses of PhatNotes 5.X. Through the end of June 2008, all registered users of previous versions of PhatNotes can purchase the latest version for a discounted upgrade price of only $19.95.   (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, June 10 2008 by ChrisD
Rating: 3 Comments ()

Spb Backup 2.0 Saves Data and Sanity in ROM and Device Upgrades

Spb Software House, the leading Windows Mobile applications vendor, releases Spb Backup 2.0 - a tool for making reserve copies of personal data and system settings for Windows Mobile phones.  Spb Backup safeguards from data loss, eliminates the pain of reinstalling applications after a hard reset, a ROM or device upgrade, and delivers a flawless restore experience.  The choice of ASUS and Gigabyte, Spb Backup became the best-sold backup utility for Pocket PC in 2007.  The new Spb Backup 2.0 is smarter, twice as fast, and makes moving data between Windows Mobile phones as easy as unpacking an archive.

Spb Backup

Spb Backup 2.0 will come to the rescue if a hard reset disaster strikes, or if the device is stolen or lost.  Spb Backup Sync makes it easy to keep a recent copy of all data and system settings at a secure desktop PC location.  Spb Backup 2.0 will restore from the archive, even if data has to be moved to a new device or ROM.  The backing up process itself is so easy, that regular backups will become second nature.  Spb Backup 2.0 works for both Pocket PCs and Smartphones and copies the entire device, including contacts, sms, emails, storage card files, and even preferences and shortcuts. 

Originally, Spb Backup sprung up from Spb Clone technology - a product, trusted by thousands of enterprises for creating exact copies of "master" PDA devices.  The new Spb Backup 2.0 offers a handy desktop component - Spb Backup Unpack.  The tool allows viewing and exploring the backup archive on a desktop PC and pulling out single contacts, messages, and tasks.  During the restore process, Spb Backup will automatically detect if device or ROM upgrade is taking place and prompt to select the appropriate restore mode.

*** Spb Backup 2.0: *** 

* Device and ROM upgrade modes - New!
* Spb Backup Sync - New!
* Spb Backup Unpack tool - New!
* Smartphone version - New!
* File Black-list or "Ignored Files" - New!
* Copies the entire device: settings, SMS, Emails, tasks, software, shortcuts, preferences
* Storage card backup
* Customizable file restoration
* Scheduled backups
* Self-extracting executable backup files
* Full and custom backups
* Backup file compression and encryption

*** Pricing and Availability ***

Spb Backup is compatible with Windows Mobile 2003 and 5.0 for Pocket PC , Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 Professional and Standard devices, as well as Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista on desktop.   VGA, Square QVGA, and QVGA screen resolutions are supported.  A free, 5-run trial can be downloaded, or Spb Backup 2.0 may be purchased for 24.95 USD, or upgraded from older Spb Backup versions for just 9.95 USD, at www.spbsoftwarehouse.com.  According to Spb Software House upgrades policy, all Spb Backup users, who have purchased the product within the last 90 days, are invited to exchange the previous version of software for the newly released one, for free. 

*** Further Information and Downloads ***

Further information regarding Spb Backup can be found at the Spb website: 

Spb Backup for Pocket PC web page (http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/backup)
Spb Backup for Pocket PC screenshots page (http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/backup/screenshots.html)
Spb Backup for Pocket PC downloading page (http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/backup/download.html)
Spb Backup for Smartphone web page (http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/smartphone/backup)
Spb Backup for Smartphone screenshots page (http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/smartphone/backup/screenshots.html)
Spb Backup for Smartphone downloading page (http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/smartphone/backup/download.html)
 (Source: Press Release)

Posted Tuesday, June 10 2008 by ChrisD
Rating: 3 Comments ()

Hands on with HTC's Touch Pro

The strongest impression I took away was of the bright, crisp screen on the handset, but the device, which was a late model prototype, was built well and easy to hold.

From the front, the phone looks much like the Touch Diamond that was launched last month, but with the two in my hand, it was obvious that the Touch Pro is thicker. The reason is a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that appears from the back of the phone and makes for a much easier way of typing. Each of the keys is beveled so that there's an obvious distinction between each one -- a handy feature on a keypad that's relatively small.

But despite its small size, the well-contoured keyboard and predictive text-input system meant that the first sentence I typed on the Touch Pro came out perfectly -- something that can't be said for every smartphone I've ever tried.  (Source: Martyn Williams, IDG News Service, InfoWorld)

Posted Monday, June 9 2008 by ChrisD
Rating: 4.5 Comments ()

Euro HTC Touch Diamond in house- first look!

We've just received our HTC Touch Diamond, and this is the version for Europe, not Asia. First off-- this is not anything like the Windows Mobile you know and perhaps love. Unlike prior HTC Touch phones, the Diamond goes much deeper to revise the standard Windows Mobile UI. It's pure eye candy, and is generally surprisingly fast thanks to some graphics hardware and software acceleration under the hood. Yes, there are occasional lags, but so far nothing that has driven us mad. 

Fear not, Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro is still there under the hood for those who crave a familiar interface. Simply tap the Start Menu up to on the home screen to get to all the usual programs and settings. The Diamond's TouchFLO 3D software includes a home screen that's similar to other Touch PDA phones, but there's a strip of icons at the bottom that you scroll through with the swipe of a finger. These include highly graphical and beautiful interfaces for the camera, email (flip through virtual envelops to move through messages), weather (yes, on rainy days a windshield wiper goes across the weather screen every so often), music with album covers (similar to the iPhone's cover flo you can swipe through them), the Opera 9 web browser with shortcut to YouTube and more. Again, it's pure eye candy, but it also speeds up access to common tasks compared to regular WinMo. We'll need to use it more before we call it more expediant than the original TouchFLO interface.  (Source: Lisa Gade, Mobile Tech Review)
Posted Monday, June 9 2008 by ChrisD
Rating: 4 Comments ()

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