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Monday, January 5, 2009

Conduits Releases Pocket Player 4.0

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 10:18 AM

"Conduits Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of Pocket Player 4.0, an alternative media player for Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC and Smartphone. Pocket Player aims to satisfy consumers who demand more from a dynamic media player on a mobile device, and recently won Best Audio at the 2008 Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards for its Pocket PC and Smartphone editions. Pocket Player 4.0 introduces AAC and M4A playback and podcast subscriptions, as well as enhanced MP3 support and other improvements. Pocket Player 4.0 is fully compatible with all Windows Mobile 6.1, Windows Mobile 6, and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices."

A free trial version of Pocket Player 4.0 is available. If, after trying it, you like what you see and want the full version, you can grab it from our affiliate software store (Windows Mobile Classic/Professional, Windows Mobile Standard) for $19.95. However, if you purchased Pocket Player 3.x on or after December 1, 2008, you're eligible for a free upgrade; if you purchased any version of Pocket Player before that date, then it's just $9.95 for an upgrade.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WebIS Rolls Out Pocket Informant 8.5

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:25 AM

"First, we have the announcement that Pocket Informant 8.5 was released today with many improvements in Smartphone and Pocket PC editions. We have some major improvements in the Calendar, Tasks View, Missions, and Contacts and it is now available as a free upgrade to all Pocket Informant 8.x owners. Version 8.5 of Pocket Informant is a mature PIM on Windows Mobile and most of our major improvements have been focusing on ease of use, improving the basic usability in finger touch modes, stylus, and one-handed usage scenarios. We don't want just cram more features in. Some areas like Journal and Events Views received a lot of attention."

The folks at WebIS have released Pocket Informant 8.5 as a free upgrade to all Pocket Informant 8.x owners. If you're in that boat, head over to WebIS for the installer. If you're not, and you're interested in trying or buying, head over to our affiliate software store (Classic/Professional [Pocket PC]; Standard [Smartphone]). It's on sale for $16.95, down from the regular price of $29.95. But if you want to take advantage of the offer, you'll have to be quick as it ends on November 30.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Conduits Releases Pocket Player 3.7

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:02 AM

"Conduits Technologies, Inc. announced today the release of Pocket Player 3.7 for Windows Mobile. Pocket Player aims to satisfy consumers who demand more from a dynamic media player on a mobile device. Pocket Player 3.7 includes new library features, improved Bluetooth compatibility and Universal Plug-and-Play support, as well as many other performance enhancements and bug fixes. Pocket Player 3.7 is fully compatible with all Windows Mobile 6.1, Windows Mobile 6, Windows Mobile 5.0, Pocket PC 2003, and Smartphone 2003 devices."

Pocket Player 3.7 introduces some significant changes including library enhancements, support for embedded lyrics, extended Bluetooth support, and a new UPnP plug-in. Conduits has a great upgrade policy: if you purchased Pocket Player 2.x or 3.x from September 2005, then 3.7 is free; otherwise, it's $9.95 if you purchased it before September 2005, or $19.95 if you're a new customer (affiliate software store for the Windows Mobile Standard version, affiliate software store for the Windows Mobile Classic/Professional version).

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  • Source: Conduits Press Release

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Silverlight for Windows Mobile Demo Videos

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 05:01 PM

"Although we briefly mentioned Silverlight for Windows Mobile a couple days ago, we added the fact that it would be arriving this Spring (specifically, “Q2”). Want more proof? Check out these Demo videos of Silverlight's UI abilities. They're pretty low-rent looking, but what's engaging is that it appears that Silverlight developers will be able to take advantage of them without much complex coding."

Video: Silverlight Mobile Demo - MIX

This is not the greatest demo in the world, but it is nice to see that the Silverlight platform is starting to mature into something that is usable, especially on the mobile front. Now if only Microsoft would stop teasing us with news and video demos and give us the actual software to play with. I for one am excited by the notion of creating fancy rich media applications!

Google Makes Search Plug-In Available to Windows Mobile

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 11:57 AM

"If you're a Windows Mobile user, browse to on your device to download the plug-in and start searching faster than ever. Once you do, we think you'll find it so much faster and easier that you'll start conducting more mobile web searches than you ever had before. How do we know this? Well, when we look at the combined usage numbers for BlackBerry and Symbian versions of this plug-in, we see that users are able to get Google search results up to 40 percent faster. And, BlackBerry and Symbian users with the plug-in installed search 20 percent more than those without it."

It pleases me to see that more and more companies are showing our Windows Mobile handsets some love as of late. First we get MSN Direct, then Google Gears and now a dedicated Google Search homescreen/today screen plugin. Installing this application couldn't be easier. Just point your mobile browser to and select the "Search (Download)" link to start a download of the plugin. After it is installed the program should send up a message to inform you of whether or not the plugin can work with your existing homescreen. If you are using an incompatible theme, Google Search will offer to automatically switch your theme to one that does work. Like I said, this plugin couldn't be simpler to use. Hats off to Google!

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Windows Mobile: More of What's Going on in The Next Two Versions

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 01:47 PM

"Publicly disclosable details about the future of Windows Mobile are still sparse, but we can let the door open a bit wider on what was shown at this year's Mobius with regard to the next two versions of Windows Mobile. We all know that 6.1 is around the corner, but it's the next two versions beyond that which are really interesting. Post-6.1, WinMo will indeed have its app suite revamped, including a desktop-grade port of IE to Windows Mobile, which Microsoft is replacing pocket IE with and directly targeting mobile Safari. Likewise, the rest of the consumer-centric apps (photos, media, etc.) as well as the messaging suite will be upgraded to be a bit friendlier. This whole experience won't be too foreign to long-time users, but is the next step in the right direction."

Ryan Block of Engadget fame has given us a little of the inside scoop of what to expect from the upcoming releases of Windows Mobile. Besides the replacement of Pocket Internet Explorer, which was long overdue, it appears that Microsoft is finally starting to take the pleading cries of their customers seriously. For years we have been begging for "duh"-like features for the Standard platform and for years Microsoft has slowly trickled them out in the most sub-par ways possible. A perfect example of this would be Office Mobile. While Office Mobile throws us miles ahead in the right direction of where Windows Mobile Standard users have wanted to be for years, Microsoft still managed to shoot the application in the foot by removing the ability to actually create new documents. It seems as though Apple's iPhone has managed to finally light a fire under the rump of Microsoft in the same ways Netscape did many years ago. Whether or not Microsoft actually pulls through with these pseudo-promised changes to our favorite mobile operating system is still up in the air, but so far the future looks auspicious.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

SOTI Pocket Controller-Pro Holiday Promo Code

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 05:00 AM

Get your credit cards ready everybody because I have one heck of a holiday coupon code for you. From now until the end of the year you can purchase the fabulous SOTI Pocket Controller-Pro for 20% off the original $39.95 $35.95 price! For those unfamiliar with Pocket Controller-Pro, consider it the Swiss Army knife of Windows Mobile Smartphone software. This magnificent program not only lets you control your Windows Mobile device from you desktop computer or laptop, but it also lets you sync documents for uploading to your device, hook your Smartphone up to your projector for presentations and even does your dishes! Well, maybe I'm fibbing a bit on the dishes part, but this is one of those most own applications that goes right up to the top of any Smartphone users must own list.

The only bad news is you have to purchase this software from Handango so make sure you do not accidentally pay for the extra $3 "download protection" service that they thoughtfully include on every purchase from their site.

This coupon is only good when used from the SOTI website and is part of SOTI’s holiday promo.

Promotion code: B8F582E9
Expiration Date: 12/31/2007

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sale - Pocket Mini Golf from Momentum Games

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 06:45 AM

"Pocket Mini Golf is a highly addictive, multi award winning miniature golf game. Pocket Mini Golf features 3 courses of increasing difficulty, with 18 holes per course. It has 4 different players to choose from and 3 different game types. Play standard golf rules or against the clock, the choice is yours."

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While it's no where near the same as a real game of golf, fans will no doubt agree that this is a great game for the Smartphone. Pocket Mini Golf is currently on sale. A savings of over 40% brings the price down to just $8.95. You can downloat the trial version of purchase a copy form our affiliate store.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Taking a Look at SOTI Pocket Controller Pro v6

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 10:45 AM

"We all know the, without doubt, BEST �let�s control a Windows Mobile device from a desktop PC� solution, SOTi Pocket Controller Professional . Now that they have just released a brand new, 6.0 version, I�ve given it a very thorough test ride (current, tested version: 6.01 build 1256). Read on to find out whether it�s worth upgrading!"

Menneisyys is at it again. This time he's posted a great review of Soti's Pocket Controller Pro version 6. I'm a big fan of this tool and recommend it to everyone that needs or wants to be able to remote control their device. Check out what Menneisyys has to say about it, and please continue the discussion in the existing thread. 8)

Friday, July 6, 2007

Pocket Quicken v2.5 Now Available for Windows Mobile Smartphone

Posted by Pete Paxton in "NEWS" @ 09:00 AM

"If you have a Windows Mobile Smartphone with a built-in hardware keyboard such as the Motorola Q, T-Mobile Dash or Cingular Blackjack, you can now run Pocket Quicken. This menu driven Pocket Quicken gives you all the functionality found in the Windows Mobile version and can run independently or sync seamlessly with desktop Quicken running in Windows XP or Vista. Pocket Quicken�s mobilizes your financial data, enabling on-the-go access to account balances, credit limits, transaction histories, budgets, exchange rates and more. Full account details, transactions, categories, budgets and memorized payees are all available on your Smartphone with Pocket Quicken. Just as on the desktop, AutoFill is supported so once you start entering the name of a memorized transaction, the rest can be filled in for you. The account list provides a succinct overview of your financial situation."

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I haven't used Quicken for the PC in years. When I did use it I liked it. Well now you can have the convenience of Quicken on your smartphone with Pocket Quicken. I haven't actually tried this but you can download a fully functional 30 day trial from their website. The down side? It's $39.95 which I feel is a bit steep for a financial program on a 2-3 inch screen and since Quicken Basic is less than $30 for the PC. But, if Quicken is your financial program of choice and you'd like to use it on the go, then Pocket Quicken is your answer.

Monday, June 4, 2007

My Favorite Pocket PC Applications on The Smartphone - Today Ilium

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "SOFTWARE" @ 06:13 PM

"Let's continue with the series of articles of the use of my favorite Windows Mobile Pocket PC applications on the Windows Mobile Smartphone. Today I will write about Ilium Software's NewsBreak, another application by Ilium that made my life so easy on the Pocket PC, and now made me happier when I saw it exists for the Smartphone as well. NewsBreak is an RSS feed reader. For the users that are not acquainted with RSS, here is a short explanation: many websites offer the ability to syndicate the content of the site as an RSS feed. RSS is a standard XML format (actually there are some 3 different RSS standards)..."

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Helio Diamant, Microsoft MVP for Windows Mobile, walks us through using Ilium Software's NewsBreak for Windows Mobile Standard. You know, I have to be honest with you guys, I'm not a huge fan of RSS on mobile devices. I used to be a huge fan but the truth is, there is just to much stuff to read! I used to spend around one hour each day reading the news on my handset until one day I got a new work computer with two huge 20 inch LCD monitors. After reading the news from all of my favorite sites on these two screens, there was no way I could back to reading all of my daily news on my handset!

Now if I started traveling again, chances are that my Samsung Blackjack would most likely be my primary connection to the outside world. In a situation like this, I don't think I could use any other RSS reader besides NewsBreak. If you haven't checked it out then I highly suggest doing so. You can try a 30-day evaluation copy of the software, which can be downloaded from the Ilium Software website, or you can purchase NewsBreak for $7.95 from our affiliate store! :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

WebIS Releases Pocket Informant for Smartphones v1.3.14

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "THOUGHT" @ 10:41 AM

"Pocket Informant for Windows Mobile Smartphones vastly improves upon the functionality of Pocket Outlook by offering advanced views, category coloring, icons and powerful tools to manage and keep track of your schedule, replacing the default Calendar and Tasks tools with a much more powerful solution, yet keeping intuitive operation and user-friendly interface. Despite its robust features, Pocket Informant is naturally easy to use. Features are designed to be quickly accessible, without being in the way. We're constantly improving the features that already exist making them faster, more intuitive, and more efficient."

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For those of you that live by Pocket Informant, and I know there are more than a few of you on our site, you will be happy to hear that WebIS has released an update for all of us to enjoy! Some new features in this update include tweaks so the program now runs properly on Windows Mobile 5 devices with AKU3 and Microsoft's recently released Windows Mobile 6. Other features include improved speed and a slew of bug fixes! You can purchase Pocket Informant for Smartphones from for $17.95!

Makayama Releases Pocket Live TV 1.0 for Smartphones

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 06:45 AM

"Watch live TV from the U.S., U.K. Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Netherlands and other countries. So whatever you would've watched on the sofa, you can watch elsewhere instead. In the room next door, down the pub, or on the beach a thousand miles away. Take your favourite tv-series, talkshow, sport events or news programs with you on your portable device. The most affordable way to get your television content in your pocket. No subscription, no bundled data-plan, just a one-time purchase of software."

Mobile TV is the golden child right now and everyone seems to be coming out with a product. Makayama's solution offers 100 channels in 10 different countries and I'm sure those numbers will grow along with the customer base. There's no subscription here, just buy the software and you're good to go. :)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Photo Contacts Pro 5 Giveaway at Pocket PC Thoughts

Posted by Mike Temporale in "EVENT" @ 07:00 PM

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Darius at our sister site Pocket PC Thoughts, has posted a nice little giveaway. They've got 5 copies of Photo Contacts Pro for Pocket PC or Smartphone devices to giveaway. All you need to do to enter is post the number of contacts you have on your device along with the device type. So if you're looking for a cool Caller ID application for your device, this is one contest you'll want to enter. Just post your answers to this thread on Pocket PC Thoughts.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

From the Perspective of a Pocket PC Veteran - Samsung�s Blackjack SmartPhone Reviewed

Posted by Doug Raeburn in "HARDWARE" @ 09:00 AM

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Product Category: Windows Mobile SmartPhone
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Wirefly (Affiliate link)
Price: $499.00 - free after rebates with new Cingular Wireless account
Specifications: Samsung site

[*]Small and lightweight;[*]QWERTY keyboard;[*]Bright screen;[*]Very fast wireless data connectivity.
[*]Smartkeys easy to press by accident;[*]Proprietary connectors;[*]Battery life only fair;[*]Mediocre camera.
As a longtime Pocket PC fan and resident geek/gadget freak among family, friends and co-workers, I've faced the following question many times in the past:

"When are you going to move to one of those 'all-in-one' units that combines a PDA and a cell phone?"

I'd reply that most such devices were either too large as a cell phone or too small and limited as a PDA, at least for my needs and preferences. Some recent devices that look and act much like a PDA, but with roughly the same size as a cell phone, have tempted me to take the plunge. So here's my review of my new Samsung Blackjack, along with some comparisons to a couple of the very devices it's supposed to combine and replace. Can a diehard Pocket PC guy achieve satisfaction with a new kind of device? Join me in my odyssey into the world of Windows Mobile SmartPhones...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Conduits Releases Pocket Launcher for Smartphones

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 09:30 AM

"Pocket Launcher 3 organizes applications into tabbed categories and seamlessly integrates with your Pocket PC or Smartphone, providing an enhanced, customizable user interface. Additionally, launch your documents and manage running tasks! Pocket Launcher integrates a collection of large, icon-based lists of applications that are installed on a device. Icons represent their respective applications, and when tapped once, the application is launched. The list of icon shortcuts and categories is initially taken from your current layout of the Programs screen, and then copied to another place so that Pocket Launcher can use the shortcut. Pocket Launcher also links a tab to the My Documents folder, providing quick access to your documents from within the program. You can navigate into sub-folders and add tabs that link to any other folder on the device."

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Conduits has taken their very cool Pocket Launcher application and added support for the Smartphone! This has been one of those apps that I've always wanted to try and now that we have a Smartphone version, I can. :)

You can download a trial version or purchase a copy for $9.95 from our affiliate store. Keep in mind that all monies raised from the affiliate store in January will be donated to charity. For a chance to win the tax receipt, and possibly something even greater, be sure to buy before the end of the month. More information about the charity drive can be found here.

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 ."

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Save 20% on all Pocket PC Techs Accessories Until January 15th

Posted by Jason Dunn in "EVENT" @ 02:00 PM

"We at have much to be thankful for this holiday season -- especially you, our loyal supporters. We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with quality products and services for review throughout the year. This holiday season, we are pleased to announce the release of several new products here at We have designed a few new adapters to remedy common charging problems, and improved one of our most successful products."

Pocket PC Techs makes great products - I use all sorts of cables, screen protectors, and power accessories from them - and many of their accessories work with Smartphones. If you'd like to snag a few of your own, use the coupon code PPCTCAMPXMAS02 and you'll save 20% off the MSRP prices. The code is valid from today (December 14th) until January 15th. Enjoy!

Friday, December 1, 2006

Pocket Quicken Coming to Smartphone for Q1 2007

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 09:30 AM

Smartphone Thoughts reader ifonline, sent an email to Landware to enquire about a Smartphone version of Pocket Quicken. Landware replied by telling him that they are already working on Smartphone version that is aimed at the Moto Q and Samsung i607 model devices and it should be released in Q1 of 2007.

I'm always excited to see developers recognize the potential of the Smartphone. I'm a little disappointed that it's taken so long for key applications to be ported. Personally, I no longer attempt to track my money using my mobile device. It's just too awkward, and slow.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Mobile Power Options from Pocket PC Techs

Posted by Jerry Raia in "SITES & RESOURCES" @ 07:00 AM

"If there�s one thing that every Windows Mobile device owner wishes they could forget about its battery life. It doesn�t matter if you use your device for productivity, gaming, music, video, or email � everything takes power. Who wants to think about recharging their devices? There�s nothing exciting about that � the fun comes in using them! Sadly, battery life still isn�t at the point where a single charge will last weeks, so until that happens we need to have strategies in place for getting as much use out of our Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PCs as possible."

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If you are looking for power management accessories you might be interested in Jason's article over on Two Inch View. I know making batteries last as long as possible is critical for some of you. There are some interesting little gadgets out there to help you do that. Head on over and take a look.

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