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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Celebrity�s Devices Guessing Game (III)

Posted by Jerry Raia in "OFF-TOPIC" @ 05:00 AM

"We had a lot of fun with the last two celebrity�s device guessing games, so it�s time to do it again! This go round, the winner will be chosen from the entries that have at least ten of the correct celebrity�s devices named, and he or she will pick up the Tom Bihn Zephyr bag I recently reviewed, Jenneth, Matt from The Mobile Gadgeteer, Mike from Smartphone Thoughts, and I will judge the results."

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Our own Mike Temporale is in on the judging here. If you want to have some fun discerning what devices the most popular among us are using, yes even the ones who get jail time, then this is for you. There is a prize for the winner, of course. Head on over to GearDiary for details.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How To Secure Windows Mobile Devices on Your Network

Posted by Mike Temporale in "ARTICLE" @ 08:00 AM

"PDAs, and especially smartphones, are very popular devices. Sadly many IT departments still ignore Windows Mobile devices. The devices live in the grey area where they do interact with the business systems (like Exchange and Sharepoint), but are not secured according to company policy. This results in an unmanaged risk in the infrastructure: the devices do contain business information but no demands are posed upon them to make them secure. We identify the risks that are introduced and show you that these risks are in fact unnecessary because you can do reduce the risks without adding costs or overhead. In this article we show how you can achieve a reasonable level of security that has minimal impact on user experience and budget."

Fellow Mobile Devices MVP, Jaap van Ekris, has posted a great article on how to secure Windows Mobile devices in an easy and effective way. If you�re thinking about rolling out Windows Mobile devices to your workforce, or perhaps you already have, you�ll want to give this a read.

Monday, June 11, 2007

eSoft Releases Earth Day for Windows Mobile Devices

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 07:30 PM

"Earth Day is eSoft Interactive's take on your regular shoot-em'up game genre. Earth Day is an action-packed arcade game that pits the player in an engaging experience of defending our mother Earth from fleets of alien spaceships attempting to invade our planet."

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Think you're up to the challenge? Think you can save Mother Earth from alien invasion? Well, now you can find out with eSoft's latest game for Windows Mobile called Earth Day. You can download a demo from the eSoft website and start saving the world today!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

ActivePrint Printing Solution for Windows Mobile Devices

Posted by Pete Paxton in "NEWS" @ 10:00 AM

"ActivePrint is the award winning mobile printing solution for the Windows Mobile operating system. With ActivePrint, Windows Mobile users are given the invaluable capability of printing from their mobile devices to any Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista compatible printer without the necessity of wireless hardware. By using software on your desktop or notebook PC, ActivePrint gives you the capability to print as many as 80 different document types, as opposed to most other mobile printing solutions which only support a handful of document types. All that is needed is a Windows Mobile device, a desktop/notebook, a printer, and a document to print."

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Now I've only been using the trial of ActivePrint for about a day but I must say I am impressed so far. I am able to print a variety of documents from my Dash from anywhere in my house wirelessly using my WiFi connection. There is software to install on your desktop or laptop pc and a small ActivePrint client to install on your Windows Mobile 5 or 6 device. The program is easy to use and basically sets itself up so there's not much configuring. It supports 80 different document types so chances are you can print what you need to. There is a 7 day trial for a fully functional version and pricing ranges from $19.99 - $39.99 depending on your printing needs. If you've been looking for a way to print from your Windows Mobile device, ActivePrint may be it.

Monday, June 4, 2007

HotSpot Providers Need to Better Understand the Mobile Devices World

Posted by Jerry Raia in "ARTICLE" @ 04:00 PM

"Another day, another city and another coffee shop which offers a public HotSpot. So far so good I thought and fired up my Smartphone since I wanted to do some E-Mails, etc. Doesn't matter if it is a free HotSpot or one which costs, most HotSpots requires a login on a web frontend which is generally fine for me even if completely useless if it is a free HotSpot (like the one bellow). Anyway - it's okay and not bothering too much except if you get what I just got when I've tried to use the HotSpot in the cofffee shop I'm currently relaxing:"

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Arne Hess had an interesting experience while trying to use a local hot spot. Read the article to understand what it was. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Personally I not longer have any use for hot spots. I have been sticking to unlimited data plans from the carriers I use.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

SoftBank Announces New Windows Mobile 6 Devices

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 11:00 AM

"Windows Mobile 6 is finding a new home in some of the new PDA Phones sold by SoftBank, for example the X02HT (Smartphone) coming with a 2.4 inches screen, 2MPix, Wifi b/g, Bluetooth, GSM, W-CDMA and 120g in your pocket but also the X01T made by Toshiba featuring: HSDPA, W-CDMA, GSM, Bluetooth, 3 inches VGA screen, Wifi B/G, 2Mpix and 198g."

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The specs on these devices are pretty nice, but it's the colors that have me orange with envy. I want to see more colorful devices like this. Sure, i-mate has the SPL line, but the different colors have yet to make it over this side of the ocean. Even if they do, it's only a TriBand phone. I don't expect the SoftBank devices to be any different when it comes to availability in North America. :( I think it's time to buy a can of spray paint and a replacement shell for my BlackJack. Then it could be called a RedJack or GreenJack. 8)

Windows Mobile Devices Growing 64 Percent in the First Quarter of 2007

Posted by Pete Paxton in "ARTICLE" @ 08:00 AM

"Shipments of Windows Mobile PDAs grew 64 percent in the first quarter of 2007, and this strong growth helped propel worldwide PDA shipments to 5.1 million units, a 39.7 percent increase from the first quarter of 2006, according to recently released report by Gartner, Inc.
Research In Motion continued to lead the PDA market, but its product mix has shifted toward smartphones, with the BlackBerry Pearl representing about 55 percent of RIM's total shipments in the first quarter of 2007. As such, RIM's PDA shipments were essentially flat."

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I've had a Blackberry and a Nokia smartphone and I've sold them both. I'm a Windows Mobile fan all the way so it's no surprise to me that there has been such a significant sales jump in the first quarter of 2007. According to the article at the Unwired, Windows Mobile devices have sold 1.2 million more units than this same time last year. I'm sure the Q, Dash, Blackjack, and the Vox have helped considerably. :D

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sharp To Release High Contrast LCD For Mobile Devices

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "HARDWARE" @ 08:09 PM

"As our mobile devices skew from email, voice, and web surfin' to include more multimedia -- think live television and video on demand -- nobody (big emphasis on "nobody") is going to get into live TV on fuzzy, blurry, low res screens. To save us from future misery, Sharp has announced a QVGA 2.2 inch LCD with a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a 176 degree viewing angle, and an 8ms response time. The company expects to ship samples for One-Seg mobile phones (portable Aquos?) this fall, followed by a rollout into its other mobile handsets and cameras shortly thereafter."

I'm not sure if this is news to all of the Windows Mobile Standard users that visit our site. Since the release of the HTC Tornado/Faraday line of handsets, we have been blessed with nothing but sharp, colorful, shiny and beautiful screens. I remember the day I received my Cingular 2125. My jaw almost hit the floor as I was not expecting the screen to be some vibrant! If Sharp can create a screen that can recapture that astonishment, I'm all for it, but I will not hold my breath waiting for it to come along. :)

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  • Source: Engadget Mobile

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Symantec To Provide PC-Level Security and Data Protection for Windows Mobile Devices

Posted by Pete Paxton in "ARTICLE" @ 07:00 AM

"Symantec Corp. today announced it will offer Symantec Mobile Security Suite 5.0, a solution designed to provide customers with the same security and data protection capabilities on their Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs as what has become standard for laptops and other computing devices. Symantec Mobile Security Suite 5.0 will include antivirus, firewall, anti-SMS spam, and data encryption technologies that are easy to deploy, manage and maintain. This kind of layered security can not only mitigate the unique security risks of mobile devices, but can also enable companies to more easily and cost-effectively comply with internal security policies and external regulations."

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Well this is quite a security suite from Symantec. The question is: do we need it for our mobile devices? I personally don't use Symantec products. Their PC products seem a bit bloated to me and I haven't heard good things about their Mac products. The suite is scheduled to be released in May. So what do you think? Is this type of security suite necessary for Windows Mobile devices?

Friday, April 6, 2007

Wireless Devices Blur Work/Home Balance

Posted by Pete Paxton in "ARTICLE" @ 11:00 AM

"Staying in touch constantly by using laptops, BlackBerrys and other wireless devices has blurred the line between a person's professional and personal life, according to a new survey. While they were intended to provide convenience and flexibility for workers' lives, they have changed the physical parameters of the workplace and extended the work day. Professionals can work from anywhere and connect at any time."

Yahoo News has an interesting article describing how wireless devices have extended our business day into our homes and other places including vacations. As a teacher, I don't often have the need to work from home using wireless devices but I have friends that do. They seem to take their devices everywhere including vacations. I take my Dash with me on vacation but it's just to keep in touch, not work. When I'm on vacation, or when I get home, my work stays at work. So how about you? Have you been extending your workday into your home and vacations because of the convenience of your wireless device? Is it a personal choice or do you feel obligated? Let us know.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Cellular Concepts to Distribute i-mate Devices in North America

Posted by Kris Kumar in "NEWS" @ 04:45 AM

"We are pleased to announce that Cellular Concepts has become a distributor of i-mate devices, a leading provider of Windows Mobile based devices and solutions. i-mate devices will be available in North America through its site, its retail stores as well as through Cellular Concepts Wholesale and B2B distribution channels."

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Folks interested in buying i-mate devices should check out this new vendor, Cellular Concepts. I wonder if this will help reduce the price of SIM unlocked handsets in the market. At least we have more choices, and are no longer restricted to eXpansys/MobilePlanet. I would like to ask our readers, where do you go to buy SIM unlocked devices?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Orneta Updates FTP Client for Windows Mobile Devices

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 07:45 AM

"Ftp Explorer Mobile, by Orneta is a simple and easy to use Ftp Client for Windows Mobile based devices. The simple and elegant design, is very powerful and feature rich; Ftp Explorer Mobile is so powerful, you can transfer web sites, videos, music, applications, or even documents to your home or office, in the background while you spend your time more productively. Fast, efficient and reliable transfers are handled by the device, providing a high performance yet easy-to-use mobile Ftp Experience. Transfers are simple, and fast even for novice users."

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I'm not sure how many people need to FTP from their phones, but in case you do, Orneta has a solution for you. Orneta FTP is available for $14.95 from our affiliate store. There's even a trial version available so you can ensure that it works as you expected before you buy a copy.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Create PDF Files on Windows Mobile 5 Devices

Posted by Jerry Raia in "SOFTWARE" @ 11:00 AM

"Now you can create full fidelity PDFs directly from your Smartphone. Share photos, record business meetings or presentations, attach files, and encrypt it all for greater security."

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Creating .pdf files on a Smartphone seems to me to be about as enjoyable as a root canal. However if you have been dying to do this, there is now a way. The downside is you need to install the .NET Compact Framework 2.0. They have a free trial or you can pick it up for $19.95 USD. I have not tried it myself so I don't know how functional the trial version is. The purchasing page states: "Your email address will only be used to send you an invoice and instructions for product registration." I read that to mean you may have to wait for the registration code.

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  • Source: Mobility Site

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Vista's Sidebar Gadgets Coming to Windows Mobile Devices?

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 09:45 AM

"Windows Vista has so many great features and I know a favorite at the top of everybody's list are the gadgets. "But Laura..." you say..."I love my gadgets so MUCH that I wish I could take them with me everywhere!" Well, stop you're whining I say and check out this application that Mel Sampat is creating."

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Mel Sampat talks with Laura from about a small project that he's been working on - getting Vista Gadgets to run on Windows Mobile devices. It would be really cool if a single gadget could be run on the desktop or a mobile device without any modification. There's a great potential for future coolness if this finds it's way to public release. :)

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  • Source: Pocket PC Thoughts

Thursday, February 15, 2007

BlackBerry Connect to be Offered on Five New HTC Windows Mobile-based Devices

Posted by Kris Kumar in "NEWS" @ 09:30 AM

"Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to offer BlackBerry� Connect� software on five new Microsoft� Windows Mobile�-based devices from HTC to carriers around the world, including the HTC S710 launched today at 3GSM World Congress 2007. BlackBerry Connect on HTC handsets supports push-based wireless email access, wireless email reconciliation and attachment viewing in conjunction with both BlackBerry� Enterprise Server and BlackBerry� Internet Service."

Wish this announcement had come sooner, but as they say better late then never. :) Finally Windows Mobile will be able to make its way into the companies that are in the BlackBerry camp and the enterprise customers will have more options. Let's hope that HTC and RIM will announce BlackBerry Connect update for the existing HTC devices. ;-)

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  • Source: Gizmodo

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Why Windows Mobile 6 Standard Devices Still Need Documents to Go

Posted by Jerry Raia in "ARTICLE" @ 07:30 PM

"...nearly seven years later, the tables have turned. Now Documents To Go 9.0 allows full document creation on Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone devices, while Microsoft�s own Office Mobile requires the same lame template work around that Documents To Go used on the Palm back before the internet bubble burst. You heard me right. Despite all the trumpeting of how great it is that Office Mobile now exists across all Windows Mobile devices, Windows Mobile Standard devices still can�t create new documents."

I had to read this a couple times and rub my eyes. Office Mobile in Standard (please help me) devices will not create new documents! Between Vista's less than smooth launch and WMDC pathetic lack of improvement over ActiveSync, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Didiom: Music for Mobile Devices

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "SOFTWARE" @ 01:00 PM

"Introducing Didiom - a free and fun way to search, sample, buy and download music - wherever, whenever, at truly competitive prices. What's more, you can also place bids for the music you want and share individual song picks with friends and family - right from your wireless. Because our participating music stores already have vast music libraries, there was no need to build our own. And because there's a growing number of capable wireless devices and high-speed wireless networks out there, we didn't have to build any of those either. This represents a significant savings we pass on to our users. You only pay for the songs you download. Rather than maintaining our own giant music library, Didiom takes the music request you send to us from your wireless, searches participating online music stores, tells you what we find, and quickly delivers the music files over the air once you've purchased them. And because Didiom is currently designed to work on Windows Mobile wireless devices that utilize high-speed networks such as 3G and Wi-Fi, you use your wireless and your internet access at your convenience. Once you've downloaded Didiom's sleek application for your Windows Mobile wireless, you're ready to explore the world's bustling mobile music marketplace through a handful of intuitive icons. And when you're ready to download music, you can set up a free Didiom account - if you haven't already. There are never any memebership or service fees, and you only pay for the music you download. That's Didiom for you."

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I really like the idea of being able to bid on music, because let's face it, not every track is worth $0.99USD. So far, I like the service though I have only played around with it for a few moments. Hopefully more record labels hop on board to offer their music libraries through Didiom's service as the current selection is a little lackluster.

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  • Source: Pocket PC Thoughts

Thursday, January 25, 2007

HTC to Launch 12 New Mobile Devices in 2007

Posted by Kris Kumar in "NEWS" @ 08:30 AM

"High Tech Computer (HTC) plans to introduce 12 new handsets in 2007 to help expand its business, according to company sources. But the company also expects its revenues for the first quarter of this year to decline slightly from the fourth quarter of last year due to seasonal factors, said the sources. Additionally, the company will continue to stick to its current policy by cooperating simultaneously with telecom services providers, ODMs and the channel in order to sustain its growth, stated company CEO Peter Chou late last week. HTC will also continue to expand the list of its global clients by strengthening its presence in emerging markets, including Latin America, the Middle East and India, Chou added."

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The news article does not provide much details but 12 devices is a lot. Wish they had at least mentioned how many are going to be Windows Mobile Smartphones. :wink: This year we will see devices with Crossbow, the update to Windows Mobile 5.0; which means that out of the 12 devices slated for this year a big chunk will get released probably in the third or fourth quarter. Based on the info we have at this time, I am interested in the HTC and I know that the HTC Cavalier is the other favourite. What do you have your eyes on at this time?

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

NewsGator Adds Support for Motorola Good Enabled Devices

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 04:30 AM

"Motorola, Inc. announced today that it has signed an agreement with NewsGator Technologies, Inc., the leading RSS platform company, to mobilize RSS content for enterprises. Under the terms of the agreement, Motorola will extend NewsGator-aggregated RSS content from behind the firewall to mobile users on a broad range of devices, including the Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack�, the Palm� Treo� family and many other standards-based smartphones. This announcement follows Motorola's recently completed acquisition of Good Technologies. Motorola's Good Technology Group, which was formed upon the closing of the transaction, will work closely with NewsGator to implement the agreement and make NewsGator's technology available through its secure, managed service."

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So the long and short of this is that NewsGator Mobile will support Good Technology. So you'll be able to access RSS feeds on your mobile device even if you are blocked by operators firewall. It's a pretty smart idea, and I hope that NewsGator doesn't stop with Good. I would like to see more services offered over Microsofts Exchange ActiveSync too. NewsGator has a great vision, and they sure seem to be working hard at making sure you can get your RSS everywhere. :)

Friday, December 29, 2006

Pocket PC Techs Becomes North American Service Center for i-mate Devices

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 04:45 PM

This is some great news for anyone with an i-mate device. I've dealt with sending my device back to i-mate for repair (mine was sent to Dubai) and I have to tell you that it was an experience that I don't want to do again. Thanks to this new arrangement, I don't have to either. Pocket PC Techs have been doing amazing work for a long time now and I'm happy to see that they'll be doing work on any of my i-mate devices. The full press release can be found below. :D

" was declared the official US and Canadian i-mate Authorized Repair Center, servicing all i-mate devices, both under warranty and out of warranty.

�We are extremely pleased to become one of i-mate�s Authorized Repair Centers,� said Leonard Wesson, CEO of �We are confident that our qualified staff and team of advanced technicians will be able to offer i-mate customers efficient and comprehensive service.�
I-mate devices will be coming in to, located in Fountain Valley, Ca., from the United States and Canada. The entire i-mate PDA family will be accepted for service, including the popular JAM, JASJAR, Smartflip and JASJAM.

�We�re very excited to begin this relationship with,� said Hector Lopez C, Director of Sales and Business Development (Americas) for i-mate. �We are confident that they will diligently represent our company's integrity and dedication to customer satisfaction. Since establishing our presence in the US, we have expanded our service center presence into Canada and Latin America. As our customer base continues to grow, more service centers will be added around the world.�

Customers with warranty devices will start the repair process by ordering the diagnostic service. If the customer�s device is confirmed to be under warranty, the diagnostic fee and return FedEx Ground shipping fee will be waived. Customers with out-of-warranty devices will be asked to review the Out-of-Warranty Services section of�s i-mate Web site to see if the repair needed is offered. If the repair cannot be found on the site, the customer should then order the diagnostic service. No charges will be made to customers� credit card until their device is confirmed as either under or out-of-warranty, and all work has been completed.

�It�s a great way to expose a new realm of people to our products and services,� Wesson said. �We�re grateful for the opportunity.�For more information regarding PocketPCTechs� services and products, please call (714)839-5300, visit the company Web site at , or PocketPCTechs� official i-mate service center Web site at ."

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