Dash Express becomes the first GPS to Update over WiFi#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

I had beta tested the Dash Express (my family was sad to see it go) and was impressed with the ability use both the internal GPRS radio and WiFi radio to download content, locations, current gas prices, and perform real time Yahoo searches as well as upload current traffic information. During the beta some updates were offered over WiFi and it is nice to see that Dash finally brought that to the final product and became the first GPS provider to wirelessly update its device software over-the-air. This software update will include several new product features that will further enhance the everyday commuter experience and the cool thing is that it doesn't require users to separately purchase and install upgrades via a PC or DVD download.

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• The June08 Update adds several new features designed to answer customers’ everyday commuting questions such as “Is my route the best option today?” or “Where is the closest coffee shop along my route?”  The MyRoute™ and Search Along Route™ product enhancements make the Dash Express even more relevant for everyday commuting.

• The June08 Update also includes a new GPS fix feature called FasterFind™ which dramatically decreases the time it takes for the Dash Express to find its position and start navigating.

• Subscribers of the Dash service receive ongoing software updates throughout the year including historical traffic information from the Dash Driver Network, new features, software improvements and updated maps.

• The June08 Update includes the following new features and enhancements:

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· MyRoute – Maps and traditional GPS devices are great navigation tools, but they will never replace local street smarts. Drivers often know the best shortcuts to and from the places that they frequent, but what they really want to know is whether their route is the smartest route today based on current traffic data. Dash is the only GPS that learns routes automatically based on user behavior. With Dash’s new MyRoute feature, as drivers travel from one point to another, the device automatically learns their preferred route. The next time that they drive between the same origin and destination, the first route choice will be a MyRoute, complete with traffic-based arrival time data. Drivers can compare their MyRoute to the computed Dash routes, including traffic detours, and decide which one is optimal.

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· Search Along Route – Finding whatever drivers need on the road using Yahoo! Local search just got even easier. With the new Search Along Route feature, Dash drivers can now search for virtually anything they need along their selected route, shortening diversions on the way to their destination. Want to grab a latte on the way to a meeting? Simply do a Yahoo! Local search for “Starbucks” and select “along route” to be presented with the stores that are most conveniently located. Results are displayed with the distance from the current location, the distance from the route and the direction of the destination relative to the selected route. 

· FasterFind – With FasterFind powered by SiRFInstantFix technology, Dash Express uses additional over-the-air GPS satellite position information to get a fast GPS fix so Dash drivers can be underway in seconds. Since the Dash Express is connected, the FasterFind file is automatically and wirelessly downloaded at regular intervals providing users with the most accurate GPS satellite position information available. There is no need to connect to a PC or wait to get a GPS fix. FasterFind not only helps drivers get a quick start every time the device is turned on, it also enables a fast GPS fix under difficult conditions such as beneath tree cover and near high-rise buildings.

· Performance Enhancements – Continued system upgrades have enabled significant progress in overall device performance. For instance, the June08 Update increases the speed in which Dash Express draws its maps by more than 50%. It also enables quicker toggling between 2D and 3D map views and smoother map zooming.  

· User Interface Improvements – The June08 Update also includes numerous user-requested refinements to the Dash Express interface, making it even more intuitive for daily use. These improvements include tuning the route selection screen to make it easier to select among the multiple route choices, improving the readability of road labels on the map and expanding the night mode color scheme across more menus for glare reduction.      

· In conjunction with the first of its kind software update, Dash announced that the Dash Developer Program, launched in May, is off to a great start with over 30 partner and user-created DashApps* that enable consumers to access a wide range of personalized content in their cars – weather, garage sales, real estate listings, speed traps, Twitter – and more! 

The company's newest partner, EveryBlock, collects and publishes neighborhood and block-level news in cities including Chicago, New York and San Francisco. With the EveryBlock DashApp, launched today, drivers in those cities can access a "neighborhood feed," including public records (e.g., crimes, restaurant inspections, building permits), and user-contributed knowledge (e.g., local photos posted to Flickr) -- all filtered geographically according to the vehicle's current location.

· “Unlike existing GPS devices, the Internet-connected Dash Express, is the first system designed to keep learning and getting smarter over time,” said Paul Lego, CEO of Dash Navigation. “Today’s software update is just the beginning. We’re interacting with our customers on a daily basis, gathering their input and incorporating it into the product. With our newest features, we’re able to help our customers quickly get the answers they need during their daily commutes.”  

For more information head to Dash.net about the software update.

06/30/2008 17:09:15 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Windows Mobile Total Access#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

If you are already familiar with Microsoft's Windows Mobile Owners Circle, you may have noticed they now have a new look and some new added features.

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Taking feedback from a survey that was put out a few weeks ago to the community. They now have a new name and new look that works on both your desktop and mobile device. :)

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We have a new look and feel for the Web site, along with the new name. We're also working harder than ever on more fun offers, new software, great content, and useful technology to help you get the most from your Windows Mobile phone.

Windows Mobile Total Access is your guide to all your phone can do:

Make your phone unique with free ringtones, extras, and add-ons.

Learn what you can do with your phone with tips, premium help, and how-to advice.

Do even more with games, software, services, and more.

Check out the new Web site on both your PC and your mobile phone!

See how easy it is to find the ringtones, games, or help content you’re looking for.


- Windows Mobile Total Access Team

06/27/2008 09:18:18 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

8th Annual Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards 2008 Nominations#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Well its that time of year again. Nominations are open for the 8th Annual Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards 2008. So if you have some favorite software you would like to nominate for the award please do so by July 21, 2008.

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How are the 2008 winners determined?

There have been over 15,000 games, utilities, and applications written for Windows Mobile Smartphones and PDAs. To be considered for the Best Software Awards, developers need to enter their product description in the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine Encyclopedia of Software and Accessories (free listing). Roughly 20% of the 4000 software products in the Encyclopedia are nominated by the Board of Experts. These experts vote in over 180 Smartphone and Pocket PC categories to determine finalists and winners.

All expert judges are prominent Web Site associates, Microsoft MVPs, support forum contributors, and Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine contributors. These experts are all volunteers and none are employed for the purpose of judging by Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine.

How do products become nominated in 2008?

The 2008 Best Software Awards Nominations Manager,  Werner (Menneisyys) Ruotsalainen and our Board of Expert judges select the 2008 award nominees in May and June 2008 from the Encyclopedia of Software and Accessories. Vendors must make sure their free Encyclopedia listings are entered and up to date by using the submission form.

Werner Ruotsalainen initially selects nominations based on his extensive knowledge of Windows Mobile software. In most cases these nominations include winners and finalists from last year's contest. The 2008 Board of Experts judges are then asked to examine Werner’s initial nominations list for validity and to suggest additions and category changes.

Judges, the public, and software vendors can use the nominations form to nominate products for the 2008 awards. Werner and the Smartphone & Pocket PC staff make the final judgment on nominations, giving the most weight to judges’ suggestions.

A great deal of quality time and attention is put into the nominations process. Even so, with so much Windows Mobile software available, it is certainly possible that some excellent products are missed.

In order to minimize the chances of missing great products, the working list of nominees are made public for a 2-3 week period currently scheduled June 25-July 16.

The 2008 nominations are frozen on July 21, 2008. Products and versions released by July 21, 2008 are eligible for the voting. It is possible that newer versions of products released during the judging period are considered by some judges. However, this anomaly is a function of the logistics of the process and not from vendor request.

So if you have some favorite software you feel deserving of an award please nominate them so they can get the recognition they deserve.

06/26/2008 21:27:26 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Mobile Jaw is Live and Talking#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Our good friend Mike Temporale has started a new site for Mobile enthusiasts at www.MobileJaw.com, a site created to focus on reviews, thoughts, and articles as they relate to mobility.

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Mobile Jaw is a site dedicated to talking about mobility.  We’re not trying to be another breaking news site - there’s plenty of those around.  Mobile Jaw is going to focus on articles, reviews, tips & tricks, and our random thoughts as they relate to mobility.  When we say mobility, we’re not just talking about phones - although, that will be a big part of our focus.  For us, Mobility is using technology to help keep you connected to the things that matter when you’re out and about.  We don’t want to restrict the conversation to any one area.

Got comments? You’ve heard it before. All the normal rules you find in other online communities apply here. It’s quite simple. Be altruistic – help your fellow human beings by using your jaw on this site for the benefit of others. Have your say. But please tell us what you think without using foul language, disparaging or off-colour comments of people, places or things (including the products). If there is something you like, feel free to rave about it. And if there is something you don’t like, you will find that people are generally more receptive to constructive criticism, and appreciate well-positioned viewpoints. This is a forum for person-to-person communication on what is really great (and not so great) about technology. When you engage in conversation, we challenge you to find a way to be candid without being condescending. We know you will find a way.

There are still issues to resolve on the site, but it’s all starting to come together. I know the search isn’t working, and I still need to do something about Avatars.  If you stumble across any other issues, please let me know! With any luck we’ll have everything running smoothly in the not too distant future.

Mike always has some very insightful tips and tricks and has a great point of view on everything mobile. Be sure to add his RSS feed and check out this new site, MobileJaw!

06/25/2008 00:24:19 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Remove Toshiba Bluetooth Drivers and Install Microsoft Bluetooth Stack#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Ok if you are one of the frustrated people out there that are having problems connecting your Windows Mobile devices over Bluetooth due to the incompatibility of having Toshiba Bluetooth drivers, I have come up with a work around solution. I have a Fujitsu P1610 that I always had problems syncing over Bluetooth with my Windows Mobile devices in Vista, but never thought much of it since I sync mostly over the air with Exchange and those instances where I needed to sync my device with my P1610 I did it over USB. Also using my Windows Mobile devices as a dial up modem, shared internet connection, audio device, or PAN connection always worked. I was recently trying to use SideShow to setup for our meeting and it wouldn't work so I tried a few "work arounds" and finally got it to work.

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1. In Device Manager-> Right click on each item under Bluetooth and Uninstall ALL your BT devices. I chose to delete the driver as well, since I had a backup of them under C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\Drivers (as well as the rest of the Toshiba Bluetooth software) and could reinstall them if I wasn't happy.) The only downside of using the MS stack is that you loose Toshiba's support of Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhance Data Rate), which provides Bluetooth 2.0 EDR compliant devices speeds up to 3.0 Mbps. So if you are tethering using a 3G connection without EDR you wont' get your 3G speeds. Our buddy Arne Hess over a the unwired has some speed tests on that here.

OK make sure you delete all items of the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack from Device Manager under Bluetooth or you may run into some problems later on.

2. Turn off your BT device. I did this via my wireless switch if you don’t have it you can do it via the Toshiba Bluetooth Monitor under Options in the Program Files->Toshiba->Bluetooth Toshiba Stack.

3. Restart your PC.

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4. Download from Microsoft website the IntelliPoint 6.2 (32bit/64bit) for Windows Vista Drivers and install them.This will install Microsoft's latest Bluetooth drivers. You don't need to have a Microsoft mouse. I went this route since I have a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and finally decided to install the software as well to take advantage of all the pre-programmed keys on the keyboard and buttons on the mouse, that didn't work with just standard Bluetooth Human Interface Devices (Bluetooth HID) drivers.

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Note: If you don't want to add anymore software to your computer, some people have got this work around to work by using drivers already existing on their computer - the Cambridge Silicon Radio Ltd. Generic drivers, which manufactures most Toshiba Bluetooth products.

5. After installing the Microsoft IntelliPoint software you don't need to configure a mouse if you don't want to. :)

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6. Next turn on your BT device. It should appear under Other devices and you will see your BT device as an Unknown device with an exclamation point error (because there is no driver)

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7. Right click on it and choose Update Driver Software.

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8. Vista will ask you how you want to search for your driver software. Choose Browse my computer for driver software.

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9.  Next choose: Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

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10. Next choose Bluetooth Radios.

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11. Next select the Generic Adapter from the drop down list on the left and the Generic Bluetooth Adapter from the drop down list on the right, well its your only choice. :) This is the generic Microsoft one.

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12.Next accept the Update Driver Warning that comes up by clicking Yes.

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13. Now you should receive a message that you have successfully installed your Bluetooth drivers.

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14. If you look in Device Manager you should see your hardware installed.

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15. To configure and add devices head to the Control panel and you will see the Bluetooth Devices icon. Click on it and add your devices.

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Make sure your device can be discovered and your device should come up. Select it and click on Next.

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Your Windows Mobile device will then be installed along with the appropriate drivers.

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Be patient and your device will be ready to use. You will also now see a Bluetooth icon in your Taskbar.

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If not, you can you can make it visible under Bluetooth Devices-> Options tab-> Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area.

If you don't like the MS stack and feel it delivers less due to the lack of profiles from the original Toshiba stack you can remove the Microsoft ones and reinstall the Toshiba ones or install Virtual PC with an image of the other stack for the times you need it. :)

Enjoy!!

Update: Toshiba has released a Bluetooth Sideshow driver update via Windows Update.

06/20/2008 10:24:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Worldmate Live#
Post By Louis Senecal

I saw an email in my inbox last night from WorldMate talking about a new FREE service called Worldmate Live.

"Dear WorldMate User,

WorldMate Live, the most powerful and useful WorldMate ever, is now available for Windows Mobile devices and it's Free.

What makes this new service so special? WorldMate Live provides resources and information relevant to your specific travel itinerary, including real-time flight alerts when your schedule changes and tools to deal with flight delays and cancellations.

Upgrade now or learn more at www.mobimate.com/ppc/?affid=1104.

Find out if your device is supported at www.mobimate.com/ppc/devices.

Safe Travels,

The WorldMate Team"

 

A click over to their website reveals the features:

Automatic
Forward travel confirmation emails into the system, and WorldMate Live automatically assembles your itinerary. Import your meetings using our MS Outlook Add-in.

Always Informed
WorldMate Live instantly delivers updates to your itinerary. Travel information, such as weather forecasts and currency converters, is always at your fingertips.

Easy to Access
WorldMate Live synchronizes your itinerary between your personalized website and mobile device, so your entire travel agenda is accessible in one place, at home or on the road.

Truly LIVE and Interactive
Receive real-time interactive alerts for up-to-the-minute changes to your itinerary with tools to deal with flight delays and cancellations.

Collaborative
It’s simple to share your itinerary with colleagues, your spouse, or your secretary.

 

06/20/2008 08:03:21 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

REMINDER: User/Developer Group Meeting TOMORROW (June 18, 2008)#
Post By Don Sorcinelli

Just a friendly reminder...

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 18th starting at 6:30 PM at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA (201 Jones Road, 6th Floor).

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The featured presentation this month will focus on the newly released (and recently reported on) Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview. We will see the developer preview in action and talk about the technologies used, including the Windows SideShow Managed API for .NET developer. We'll also talk where the potential lies in opportunities for developers.

We also plan to give attendees a "heads-up" announcement regarding some upcoming contests at BostonPocketPC.com with some really fantastic prizes! As always, we will have the usual assortment of great items up for grabs in our random drawings, so don't miss out!

06/17/2008 13:56:36 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Review: The Mugen Power battery for the HTC Kaiser aka TyTN II ,AT&T Tilt & P4550#
Post By Johan van Mierlo

Last Month I received an extended battery from Mugen Power . This extended battery is 3000mAh compared to the standard 1350mAH that comes with the HTC Kaiser.

Top view comaprison battery and cover

What attracted me to this battery was not only to have more juice available to me, but also the nice looking battery cover that comes with it. The battery cover is not like any others where you have a bulging top or bottom on the device. No, this cover was straight from top to bottom. The cover has many features as the original cover has as well. The opening for the camera is in a chrome finish with an opening for the lens and a speaker like shield for the speaker.  The only thing I am missing is a clear lens cap that covers the hole for the camera. Now dust can get on my original lens easily and also into my device. The cover has a nice shiny black finish to it and also a WiFi and Bluetooth logo printed on it. If you use an external GPS antenna, you still can with removing the rubber cap also in this cover. Since that the cover is straight al over the device you will have some empty space under the cover where the battery is not located.

Original battery and cover compared with Mugen Power solution

Now the performance! They clearly make a statement that you have to use it to drain the battery as much as possible before recharging. You have to do this a couple of time to reach the maximum capacity.

In the first couple of days of using this battery it indeed didn’t give me the 3x more power as I had hoped for. However this started to increase dramatically after a couple of days. I have Emoze (Push E-mail) constantly running on my device and I use my phone heavenly many other ways in receiving data. Now instead of really only 8 hours of use, I can go to a trade show early in the morning and continue on to late in the evening without any worries.

Extended battery placed in device


This extended battery makes your device a little heavier and clunky, but for those long days I really need it. The unit still fits in the original holster but unfortunate it does not fit in my custom car holder due to the extra thickness all over the length of the device.

Device with the cover of the extended battery

Original height of the device

Recently I have upgraded my device with a new radio and the drain of my battery has dramatically been reduced. I am now able to go 2 full days with my original battery and almost a week with this extended battery from Mugen Power Batteries.

Mugen Power Batteries is your source for the extended battery of your device. Please check out their website and see their whole line up of extended batteries for most mobile devices.

06/17/2008 10:03:43 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Garmin Mobile 10 Navigation#
Post By Louis Senecal

Introduction

In a continued effort to check out the latest and greatest accessories for our toys, I contacted Garmin and requested to try out their Garmin Mobile 10 navigation package. They were quick to respond and sent me a package via overnight mail to try out. I have used TomTom and Odyssey Mobile in the past but have never tried the Garmin Navigation software, so this was exciting for me to try it out. I got it in the mail the next day and tore into the box. The Garmin Mobile 10 package is a combination of navigational software and their Bluetooth GPS receiver. The GPS receiver is called the GPS 10X. The software itself is called Garmin XT. It is compatible with Windows Mobile for Smartphone and Pocket PC, Palm Treo, and Nokia S60 2nd and 3rd edition. Bluetooth is required on your device. My review will be focused on the main features of this. I tend to try show the everyday users such as myself the good and the bad. While I may not get into every single detail, I think you will find this very informative.

What you get

This package contains all you need to get going. Inside the box, you get the Garmin Bluetooth GPS receiver, a plastic clip on belt clip for it, GPS battery, car power cord, instructions and inserts, and the software that is loaded with the application and maps on a Mini-SD card with SD adaptor. Traffic alerts, Weather, Hotel rates/ratings and fuel prices are also available through the software, as long as you have a data plan to get onto the internet. All in all, it’s a complete package. Note that the package I got was Garmin Mobile 10 for Smartphones. The package for the PDA’s is different, but the same software. Also note that you can get the software separately as well, which will most likely be on a DVD.

     

Product Highlights and Specs:

-Navigation to your destination or POI with detailed information

-Very customizable

-Plug and Play package

-SiRFstarII GPS receiver (which also can be used with a Laptop)

-Turn by Turn voice and auto recalculation

-Compatible with multiple platforms as listed

-Very finger friendly

Installation

I am using an iPAQ 210 for my testing device. I made sure I made a data backup should there be any issues. After I tore open the box earlier and looked at what was inside, I installed the software. The software, which is on the memory card, is plug and play. A window pops up on screen asking you if you want to install and run it. I clicked Yes. Done, it was ready to go. I turned on the Bluetooth on my device and the GPS receiver, all the while sitting at my desk at home. I enabled the communication between the receiver, the device and the software. Within probably 30 seconds, I had a solid fix with the Garmin GPS. I was impressed with that. I have always used a compact flash GPS receiver in the past, which has taken a little longer to get a good fix on. This was also the first time I have ever used a Bluetooth GPS Receiver. I may actually have to buy one of these receivers because I can already see the benefits. Inside the box is a 17 page setup and go manual/ guide. With the exception of briefly opening it, I did not have to read it to get this working. This shows you how simple this is to run. I went through the various screens of the software, which by the way is very finger friendly. The software I was testing was version 4.20.50wp.

Before I get to the different screens, let’s talk briefly about the GPS receiver. A battery comes with it. In my case, the battery was already installed because I have a loaner unit. The official size of the receiver is 1.65"W x 3.04"H x .7"D. It is reported to give up to 22 hours of use on a full charge. It comes with a belt clip and a power adaptor for the car, which connects to the receiver via mini-usb. It is a nice light little gray unit with a power button, power and Bluetooth indicator light. There are 4 rubber feet on the bottom as well. To me, it feels like and reminds me of a pager and is very light.

Here are the screens and a little description of their functionality and purposes.

On the main screen, you have buttons for your destination (Where to), map viewing, Tools, settings, Exit, and an icon at the upper left to get to the BT receiver connection. The “?” is you help button for topics

          

             

          

TOOLS

Garmin Online-Here is where you can access the traffic, fuel, hotel info, and weather. You need data access to the web for this. I checked it out and it is pretty neat. If you click on the weather, you get the current and upcoming forecast for your location, which can be edited. If you click fuel prices, the data comes back with the gas prices and locations based on your current GPS location. You choose one and it will route you to that gas station. If you choose the hotel rate check, you get a list of hotels, their rates and miles to. You can select one to get routed to that hotel. I tried the traffic option but no data was returned form where I am.

        

        

        

Route Details: This gives you the written details of you trip/route you set up

Browse Map- This is pretty self explanatory. Map pops up and you can explore it from here. You can zoom and also put some pins into to save the locations to you’re my locations area.

Where am I: This gives you the location detail of where you are when you click on it. This can come in handy if you have no idea where you are and need to call someone or some sort of emergency service. It lists the nearest address, your current location coordinates, and the nearest major intersections.

Manage my Data: Access your info saved such as your locations, contacts, tracks, map sets, and custom POI. IN your locations for example, you can change the name of it, change the locations, delete it, change the categories or symbol. Very customizable.

Trip Computer: This shows a bunch of different times, speeds, etc of the route you are on.

Simulate Route: This will allow you to check your route out after you have set it up. You are not connected to a live GPS when you activate this.

SETTINGS

Map- This screen lets you customize your map settings. Examples are 3D, map features, street labels, etc. There are a lot of options. You can let them stay as is, change a coupe or change them all. It is all up to you.

          

System- These are additional system settings.

         

Routing- This is your routing preferences screen. A think I liked about this is that you can change it to show car, motorcycle, pedestrian, emergency, bus etc. There are 9 settings for this. But I really liked the pedestrian option, which I why I think the belt clip is in the box.

Display-These are your display settings. Very straight forward.

Audio- This is your audio settings screen. Very straight forward

Garmin Online-This is where you allow or do not allow access to go online for the data services. You can also set it up to prompt you for access as well.

Proximity Points: Additional custom POI based on your needs. You are notified via an alert / tone when you are nearing the data that you had set as the proximity point. The alert tone is extra, as if you were using just a POI, you would get an on screen only notification. The proximity points give you visual and verbal notifications.

About-This lists the software version and licensing info

Restore defaults-Pressing this resets the GPS software back to factory settings. Another nice feature I think.

VIEW MAP (On main screen) - this brings you right to the map

 

WHERE TO (On main screen) - This is where you set your route. You have several options to choose form.

           

        

          

(above screenshots)

-You can set your home address as your “home”.

-Set up by keying in the specific address,

-Go to a POI (hotel, mall, Food, Fuel, Attractions etc),

-Contacts (which reads the info from your built-in contacts application on your device)

-My locations- your destinations you have saved / programmed

-Recent Finds (your recent routes)

-Extras-This is where your Custom POI’s and extra downloaded map items would me. You can route directly to these

-Cities- cities and towns that are near your current location pop up

-Intersections-another search feature

-Coordinates-Type in the coordinate of you have that info

GPS INFO- This area gives you your GPS connection info. There are also bars on the screen that show you signal strength as well. Note that the software works with some 3rd party GPS receivers, but not all. I would suggest that if you have a question on your particular device / receiver, that you contact Garmin Support before purchasing the software for compatibility purposes. If you have built in GPS on your device, you should not need the extra receiver. Do a little research first. I tried to connecting to my CF Receiver, but I could not get it to communicate.

 

How does it work

My original intention was to put this to a three week test because I was gong out of town. My plans changed and I had to cut it extremely short, so I stuck to local trips. I took it out on some trips around for testing in the car. Because the iPAQ 210 itself has low volume output with the built-in external speaker, you may need to use an external speaker or car stereo adaptor. I used a cassette adaptor to hear the voices on the car radio. The destinations programming was easy to do. When you program an address, you input the State first. The city name is next. You get the option to type the city name in or search all cities, based on the street address you type in after that. For example, I chose that option to search all cities and only typed in a street address of my destination. I typed in “100 West.” It gave me results of any street names called “100 West (ST, Ave, CT, etc)” in any city in the state I chose. It also listed the city/town info. I programmed my trips this way and I had also used the “Home” feature as well to come back. All times, directions and routes were perfect. The voice prompts were clear. I went in a different route to activate the auto reroute feature. That worked as well. There is not a lot of clutter on the route page that you are looking at when you are moving. Depending on where you are, the street info and or the next action is also shown on screen. There is a - / + button for screen zooming. I liked to see more detail on the streets I am driving, so I zoomed close, but that is all up to your preferences. I was not disappointed at all in the in car performance. The GPS receiver gets a fix real fast.

        

         

 

           

         

 

I tried it in both landscape and portrait views also. Same good performance and screen looks. I mentioned above that the screens were very finger friendly. I only used my stylus a few times when the package arrived.

I tried it in pedestrian mode as well. I walked my son to school, carried my iPAQ and had the receiver on the belt clip on my belt. I was not able to get a fix this way. There was a constant popup message and scanning bar saying it was trying to acquire a better signal. On the way home, I held the receiver in my other hand and had the same thing happen. I thought maybe that the trees were a problem, but I do not think so. There were many spots I was in where these were no overhead obstacles and the sky was clear. I do not know why it did not connect, especially since I got a fix from inside the house.

I tried it again on a different walking route in my neighborhood. It worked great. I got a signal on the GPS when it was on my belt with the clip and when it was in my pocket of my shorts. I could see where I was walking when I just went into view map mode. When I set up the directions for going home, it gives you the voice prompt to drive, but the written direction on screen say walk. This was accurate all the way home. A cool thing also was that I could zoom out and see my whole neighborhood and the town and streets around me. I thought this is cool, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area and walking around in a city or town. On my second pedestrian walk, I had gone under the same tree cover conditions as I did the first time when I did not get a GPS fix then. I guess I will have to admit there was probably some user error involved in the first case.

There is another feature I need to tell you about that I was not able to test because I have a traditional PDA. If you were using this software on a Smartphone, you would have an option that appeared called “peerpoints.” In a nutshell, as it was described to me, it’s basically sending a text message to someone else who has the Garmin software that includes a dynamic map of where you are in the message. The person receiving this message would be able to route to you. If the person who got the message did not have the Garmin navigation software, they would instead get a street address and static map. Sounds pretty cool to me.

Pros

-Easy to use

-Finger friendly

-Very Accurate

-Customizable

Cons

-The bundle seems expensive to me. (A positive from this is that you are paying for quality and you can find it for a lower price through an online dealer)

Pricing and availability

You can purchase this from Garmin or through one of their dealers. Visit the How to Buy page for details. The suggested retail price for the Garmin Mobile XT maps are $99.99. If you want the Garmin Mobile 10 bundle (The software and the receiver), the suggested cost is $199.99. Visit through the dealer links and you will probably find a better price on it.

Garmin has a buyers guide you can also visit.

 

Conclusion

First off, thank you to Garmin for sending this test unit for me to try out. The representative that contacted me when I made the request has been awesome to work with. Being a TomTom user for years, I thought it could not get any simpler or easier to use a GPS. That was until I actually used the Garmin XT set up. I was very impressed with the simplicity and accuracy of it. Plug, Play, and Go. I am a fan of simple. But don’t let that fool you because it is loaded with lots of features as well. You can’t get any easier than that. Not using any previous versions of Garmin GPS software in the past, I cannot make any comparisons of the different versions and the, what got better and what did not. However, as a first time Garmin user, I was very pleased. I am also very pleased to see that Garmin is still supporting traditional PDA’s for GPS software navigation. If you get a change to try one out or see it in action, do it. It was fun and you will like it.

06/17/2008 08:38:18 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

My week with JAVOedge Screen Protectors.#
Post By Louis Senecal

Introduction

JAVOedge was kind enough to send me some of their screen protectors to try out on the new iPAQ 200 series. The iPAQ 200 series (210, 211, 212, 214) out earlier this year, is starting to get more and more accessories for it. I wanted to provide other iPAQ users some examples of some great quality accessories for their new toy. Please note though, that anyone with a mobile device requiring a screen protector should take notice of this review, as it applies to your device as well. JAVOedge sent me a sample of their JAVOScreen 2.0 Ultra Clear and their Anti-Glare screen protector.

Over the past several years, I have been using a different brand of screen protector

When I got my new 210, I had to start using the universal size of this brand and had to cut to fit my screen size. To me, this is a real pain in the neck. I have also never been a fan of putting on the screen protectors, because of the possible dust, bubbles and repositioning. I get irritated very easily with it. But with that said, I will not use my screen without a screen protector on it. The first one I tried from JAVOedge was the Ultra Clear protector. I had visited their website to see what the actual install process was before I opened the package.

The 5 steps they list are:

1) Clean the screen with the provided cleaning cloth

2) Remove and fold the plastic backing on the new protector

3) Align the protector with the screen

4) Gently pull the full backing off

5) Gently use the application card to get rid of the bubbles

Seems simple right? I was not fully convinced yet. I opened the package to look at the contents. Inside the package were the following pieces.

1) Screen protector inside a plastic sleeve. The protector has separate plastic coverings on the front and back, which are taken off for the installation process. There are also a couple tabs that tell you which is the back and front, with the appropriate steps

2) Instruction sheet insert

3) Cleaning cloth in a separate wrap

4) Application tool in a separate plastic wrap attached to the inside of the cardboard packaging

It truly is a real nice and thought out package and kit.

Installation

I removed the old screen protector from my device. Just as JAVOedge advertised, within seconds, I followed the easy installation steps and had successfully installed the Ultra Clear screen protector. There were not many bubbles. There were 4 bubbles that remained after I used the application tool to finish. The instructions said to “allow up to 48 hours for additional air bubbles to work their way out.” I looked at my device approximately 90 minutes later, and there was absolutely no air bubbles remaining. This is incredible for me because, I have always had an air bubble or two in my previous brand and they never seemed to go away. This seemed to go easier than I thought. Could it be this easy to put on a screen protector?

Now you are probably asking what the screen looked like. It looked awesome. My iPAQ 210 has VGA, so this in itself is a great screen resolution and I wanted to keep it that way. Looking at the iPAQ with the power on, you cannot even tell there is a screen protector on it. I even showed my wife, and she could not tell there was anything on the screen either It is also very smooth and very clean looking. Putting the protector on initially, I got a sense that this would be a durable product based on the design, flexing, and general construction of the screen protector. The images and words on the screen are very crisp and clean. My stylus moves smooth on the screen and I had no tapping responsive issues.

I spent a few days with the clear protector on going through my daily routine, using GPS playing some games, surfing the web, etc, and decided to switch it out with the antiglare protector. Did I mention earlier that I disliked the changing process. It took me a little while to remove the clear protector. I tried the tape trick (# 2 on the FAQ page) unsuccessfully. I even tried using the applicator corners to get under the edge, to no avail. I ended up using the point on a needle (no need to cringe and I suggest that you do not use the needle on your device either). I took it off and cleaned the screen with the provided cloth and used an air canister to get rid of any dust. The Anti-glare protector has only one tab and one plastic covering on the protector itself (as compared to the Ultra clear one). I removed some of the backing and fit the product to the iPAQ corners and finished the install. I had a bunch of bubbles this time so I lifted it up, and reapplied. Looked good to me, no bubbles, perfect straight fit, clean looking.

In comparison to the Ultra Clear, in my opinion, the Anti-Glare does not seem to be as clear to me, which I think is the way it was designed and constructed. Don’t get me wrong though, as the screen still looked mighty fine to my aging eyes with it on. But after spending more time with it, it is actually very clear that I initially thought. During this test, I was also testing out a GPS system as well. What better accessory to be used with the GPS than the Antiglare screen. I took to the road both in car and pedestrian  GPS mode. The anti-glare protector does help in relation to glare. I was in both general sunny area and in very direct sunlight with full sun glaring on the device. It will not help if you have the full sun blasting on your device, but for realistic use, I thought it made a difference in most areas outside and inside.

Product Features and Highlights (of both types)

- Ultra Clear and Anti Glare versions available

- Helps keeps your screen smudge and scratch free

- Removable, Washable, and Reusable

- Durable

- JAVOedge supports many devices

I have included the links to each product that explains the way they are constructed. I cannot put these in better words or descriptions than JAVOedge has already done.

Ultra Clear Specs

Anti-Glare Specs

I have also provided the FAQ link on how to take care of your protector, especially for reusability. There is some good stuff in here.

PROS

Great Fit

Easy Install

Reusability

Cost Friendly

CONS

This may not be a con of the product, but more user error, but I had a challenge removing it from the device screen.

Pricing and availability

All of the JAVOedge products mentioned above and more can be purchased from www.JAVOedge.com. As it relates to the screen protectors reviewed, you can purchase different configurations. The single protector packs cost $10.95. You can also purchase a 3 pack set for $26.28. These can last for a very long time. The costs may vary for other models, so you should check it out.

Conclusion

In Conclusion, these were very nice and easy products to use. I want to Thank JAVOedge very much for the review samples. This product review is coming from a pocket PC user that I would say is in the level between mid to expert user. With that said though, I cannot test out every possible situation that the screen protectors can be subjected to based on everyone’s varying needs. Their quality seems top notch. It is definitely worth checking out, as I think you will be happy you did. For the price of the product, you have nothing to lose.

06/15/2008 11:41:38 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Enterprise Mobile Free Utilities: Windows Mobile IP Utility and Cab Signing Tool#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Don emailed me and Eric early this week about some cool new tools that Enterprise Mobile has come up with that are free for the public to use. I just got to downloading and playing with these last night and found them to be incredibly useful.

GUI CAB Signing Utility

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Learn More | Download

The Enterprise Mobile GUI CAB Signing Utility provides a graphic interface that makes it easier to sign CAB files prior to deployment. Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager requires that all CAB files be signed prior to distribution, but only provides a command line prompt to facilitate the process. The graphical interface in Enterprise Mobile's utility reduces the time needed to accomplish this task. Download this free utility to realize the time savings you can gain with Enterprise Mobile's utility.

Windows Mobile IP Utility

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The Enterprise Mobile IP Utility will install and run on any Windows Mobile device and provides a comprehensive set of tools to troubleshoot IP data connections. The utility lets you identify connection problems easily, regardless of the version of the Windows Mobile operating system or mobile device. Download this free utility to get real-time visibility into a Windows Mobile device's ability to reach a remote host.

This last utility is really cool and allows you to troubleshot network connections right from your Windows Mobile device like most utilities out there for network troubleshooting this utility allows you to run the following commands: ping, trace route, ping sweep a sequential range of IPs, perform a speed test, and ipconfig.

Note: It works on both Windows Mobile 5 & 6 devices, but you need at least the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 installed.

06/13/2008 05:12:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Real Estate on your Windows Mobile device via Silverlight#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

The folks at John L. Scott Realty have a really cool application for Windows Mobile devices utilizing Silverlight to help showcase houses they are selling. The program also uses Silverlight to provide an interface to Virtual Earth so users can interact with maps and house in their area. Clicking on a house will not only bring up information and picures, but can also display video as well. So while people are driving around or sitting on their couch at home they can peruse the available houses in the area they are looking. Channel 10 has a great video of the application in action.


Silverlight Mobile with John L Scott Real Estate

 

Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate and Sam Chenaur, Microsoft Platform Strategy Advisor, join me in the studio to talk about Silverlight on the mobile device and it's application in the Real Estate industry.

Sam walks us though a proof of concept (POC) Silverlight mobile app for John L. Scott Real Estate developed by Microsoft partner, Dr. Neil Roodyn, with the assistance of Loke Uei Tan from the Windows Mobile group.

This is a very cool application this combined the Collections search  in Live Search Mobile's Home Thinking:Recent Home Sales and Yakaz:Homes for Sale, you have some powerful and useful tools for house hunting on your mobile device.

06/13/2008 05:08:05 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

VITO Technology's SMS-Chat now with Smiles#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

For those of you without the Windows Mobile 6.1 update or a Treo and are heavy SMS users (or even if you are a light SMS user) your desire for threaded SMS can be satisfied with VITO Technology's  SMS-Chat . The latest version now supports smiles and other emoticons. :) With SMS-Chat telephone numbers, hyperlinks or e-mails that you receive via SMS are now more usable as you can simply click it and the necessary application with the data will be opened.

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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. There is also a free 14 day trial demo.

06/11/2008 22:04:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Astraware Introduces Bubble Babble#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

The folks at Astraware are always busy finding ways to distract me from working and it looks like they have done it again with a new title called Bubble Babble which is a brand new type of word game for both the Palm OS and Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs.

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Bubble Babble is like an underwater game show that challenges your word power with an underwater bubble-bursting brain teaser! You have to link together letter bubbles to form words and impress Wordsworth Smartygills - your friendly fishy host! If your are not one to read manuals and want to get up and started quickly, Bubble Babble includes a fun interactive tutorial to teach you how to play with the bubbles and make words from them. Basically you score points for each word you make. If you are witty and impress Wordsworth with more complex or unusual words and he'll reward you with some shiny shells.

Bubble Babble has 4 entertaining modes of gameplay which are perfect for both adults and children, for all levels of skill or vocabulary:

Challenge - create a set number of words against the clock,

Target - reconstruct the separated word from the letter bubbles,

Mystery - try different permutations of letters to find the hidden word,

Freeplay - just enjoy making words to boost your points score.

For some bonus action there is a daily puzzle where Wordsworth Smartygills will tell you the Word of the Day. Make this word during normal gameplay to earn a special award!

You can also utilize multiplier bubbles to enhance your points score, and get help from Stella Starfish, in her wildcard bubble! Unlock higher difficulty levels as you play - it can help you keep your brain sharp and maybe learn some interesting new words!

Bubble Babble is available now for smartphones and PDAs running Palm OS(R) 5 and above, and Windows Mobile Professional, Classic and Standard devices running Windows Mobile 2003 and later. T

Bubble Babble is available now from Astraware priced $19.95, with a limited time new release discount.

06/11/2008 20:48:57 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

PhatWare Releases PhatNotes 5.3 for Windows-based PCs and Smartphones#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

The PhatWare Corporation, announced 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.

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"We hope that all PhatNotes users, especially these who requested some of the new features, will be pleased with the new version.

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.

To learn more about PhatWare, visit www.phatware.com.

06/10/2008 22:35:14 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Spb Backup 2.0 Saves Data and Sanity in ROM and Device Upgrades#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Spb Software House has just announced the release Spb Backup 2.0 a well known tool for making reserve copies of personal data and system settings for Windows Mobile phones. Spb Backup 2.0 not only 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 it now makes the whole process easier. 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.

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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
Spb Backup for Pocket PC screenshots page
Spb Backup for Pocket PC downloading page

Edit: Note that Spb Backup will also backup encrypted files. We received several emails concerning this issue and Spb responded as follows:

"So far there are no known unfixed issues with device encryption software. As for storage card encryption, Spb Backup handles it without problems.It will store the backup file in unencrypted mode so the backup can be read on any other device. To prevent the security flaw in this case the backup password protection is required."

06/10/2008 21:40:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

More Parts and Repairs Supported by PPC Techs Inc.#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

OK if you are bit clumsy with your device(or maybe a "Friend" is) and don't want to spend the same amount of money you already dished out to purchase a new device, you do have another option - you can get it fixed. The folks at PPC Techs have just announced the release of various new parts and repair services for a number of different units.

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Please visit the links provided for more information on these newly supported products:

HTC Parts & Repairs:

HTC Touch:

HTC Elf:

Verizon XV6900:

HTC P3450:

HTC Nike:

HTC Touch Dual:

T-Mobile Repairs & Parts:

T-Mobile Shadow Copper

T-Mobile Shadow Sage

T-Mobile Wing

For more information head to PPCTechs.com.

For other devices check below:

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Click for AT&T Repairs Click for Sprint Repairs Click for T-Mobile Repairs Click for Verizon Repairs

Special Offer

The folks at PPCTechs are giving all members of BostonPocketPC.com a 10% discount off all services and accessories for the monh of June. Just use the discount code: BOSTON0608 in the special instructions field upon checkout. The discount will be calculated when your order is processed. :)

06/10/2008 21:03:30 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

User/Developer Group Meeting: Wednesday, June 18th 2008#
Post By Don Sorcinelli

Time once again for the next meeting of the New England Windows Mobile User and Developer Group. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 18th starting at 6:30 PM at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA (201 Jones Road, 6th Floor).

Microsoft - Waltham (Click for more details)

The featured presentation this month will focus on the newly released (and recently reported on) Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview. We will see the developer preview in action and talk about the technologies used, including the Windows SideShow Managed API for .NET developer. We'll also talk where the potential lies in opportunities for developers.

We also plan to give attendees a "heads-up" announcement regarding some upcoming contests at BostonPocketPC.com with some really fantastic prizes! As always, we will have the usual assortment of great items up for grabs in our random drawings, so don't miss out!

06/10/2008 20:22:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

HP iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

HP announced the arrival of a new quadband handheld running Windows Mobile 6.1 at its "Connecting Your World" event in Berlin called the HP iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger, will begin shipping on June 30 aimed at keeping mobile professionals connected in a nice glossy piano black finish.

HP iPAQ 900

It comes chock full with WiFi (b/g), Bluetooth 2.0, 3G UMTS/HSDPA, GPS, 3MP camera with AutoFocus,with a QWERTY keyboard and an LED backlit 2.46-inch (320x240),scrolling trackwheel,touch screen combining the best features of a Professional(Pocket PC) and a Standard (Smartphone) into one device. It also comes loaded with a ton of applications ready for the enterprise.

Specifications:

Wireless Integrated Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Tri Band UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 1,2,3,4, Mbps
Integrated WiFi – 802.11 b/g with WPA2 security
Integrated Bluetooth® v2.0 with EDR
Integrated multi-mode GPS navigation
Operating system Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Mobile Microsoft programs included: Office Mobile, Office Outlook Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile
Processor Marvell PXA270 Processor, 416 MHz
Display 2.46-inch transmissive TFT 65,000 color 320x240 pixel touch panel display with LED backlight
Memory 128 MB SDRAM 256 MB flash ROM
Dimensions 114 x 64 x 15 mm (4. 5” x 2.5” x 0.6”)
Weight (with battery) 154g (5.4 oz)
Power 1940 mAh Li-polymer rechargeable, user changeable battery
Interfaces USB 2.0 connector for sync/ charge and headset , micro-SD card slot
Audio Integrated microphone, receiver, speaker and mini-USB wired stereo headset
Camera 3 Megapixel, autofocus, 4X digital zoom, codec supports .jpg image file format
Image resolution support: QVGA (320x240), VGA (640x480), 1280x960, SXGA (1280x1024), UXGA (1600x1200),QXGA (2048x1536)
Video resolution: 176x144 (QCIF), 320x240 (QVGA)
Hardware buttons Alphanumeric keyboard, scroll wheel, 5-way navigation, 2 soft keys, volume control, send /end buttons, reset, voice command
Value-addedapplications HP Photosmart Mobile;Bluetooth Manager; HP Help and Support; HP Voice Reply; Cyberon Voice Commander6; HP iPAQ GPS QK Position; HP Enterprise Mobility Agent; HP Keyboard Indicator; HP iPAQ Tips; HP AssetViewer; HP Keyguard; HP Certificate Enroller; HP iPAQ DataConnect; HP Printsmart Mobile; ClearVue PDF; Sun Java; MMS Client/Composer; OMA DRM Client (forward lock); SIM ToolKit; HP iPAQ Audio; Ringtone Manager; HP iPAQ Power; HP iPAQ Keyboard; Factory Recovery
In the box HP iPAQ 900 Series Business Messenger, standard battery, mini-USB sync/charge cable, AC adapter, mini-USB wired stereo headset, HP iPAQ Getting Started CD, and documentation kit
Warranty One-year parts and labor in most regions; 90 days technical support for software in most regions. Additional offers may vary by region.

Currently no price has been announced, but we will keep you informed when we know. :)

Edit:

Ted wrote in to tell us that it is listed on the HP website for $499.99 unlocked, so no carrier contracts. Thanks Ted.

06/10/2008 14:27:26 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Handheld US Introduces the Rugged Algiz 13 Tablet PC Convertable#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Handheld US introduced today the new Algiz 13 rugged convertible notebook computer that has a 13" XGA(1280x800) indoor/outdoor display with a magnesium casing for extra protection, and easily meets IP54 and MIL-STD-810F military standards for accidental drops, dust and water. It also operates in temperatures ranging from -4 to 122 °F.

algiz 13

The Algiz 13 features a powerful 1.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Merom ULV processor and up to 4 GB of DDR II 667 industrial-grade RAM. The Algiz 13 includes a shock-mounted 120 GB (up to 160 GB optional) 2.5-inch hard drive with G-Sensor Protection, and it runs either the Windows XP Tablet PC edition or Windows Vista Business operating system.

Users can choose from a host of communication options when they’re out in the field, given the Algiz 13’s multiple integrated wireless capabilities. It offers up to three simultaneous radios modems, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth and optional WAN/GPRS, and a fully integrated GPS receiver – providing highly reliable connectivity across the range of wireless networks. Designed for expansive radio frequency coverage, it features internal antennas, and the magnesium case provides RF shielding and extensive RF noise filtering.

It looks like a pretty tough and powerful Tablet for the field. I just think they could have come up with a better name.

Specifications:

Size

13.54" (344 mm) x 9.96" ( 253 mm) x 2.28" (58 mm)

Weight
8.38 lb (3.8 kg)

Environment

Operating:

-4 to 122 °F (-20 to 50 °C)

Storage:
-40 to 158 °F (-40 to 70 °C)

Drop:
MIL-STD-810F, 26 drops from 3 ft (0.9 m)

Sand & dust:
IP54

Water:
IP54

Condensation:
5% to 95% RH, non-condensing

Processor/
memory

Intel Core 2 Duo Merom ULV 1.06 GHz CPU; Intel 965GM Integrated Graphics;
512 MB to 4 GB SDRAM

Data storage/disk
Shock-mounted 2.5" drive; 120 GB (up to 160 GB) with G-Sensor Protection and optional 32GB Solid State Disk

Operating system
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista

Screen
13.3" WXGA, (1280x800) TFT with convertible function. Digitizer touchscreen and outdoor sunlight-readable LCD display optional

Keyboard
Waterproof keyboard, SAS key, screen rotation key, virtual keyboard, RF switch, brightness up/down, onscreen QWERTY soft keypad

Battery
Nine-cell (7800 mAh) Li-ion battery runs six hours. Charging time 2.5 hours to 80%

Connections
3 x USB 2.0 A port
1 x RS-232 port;
1 x DC-In
1 x Microphone, 1 x Earphone, 1 x Array Microphone
1 x Sim card (optional)
1 x RJ-11
1 x LAN RJ-45
1 x VGA/D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x Docking connector
1 x PCMCIA supports Type I/II slot
1 x SD card slot

Communication
WLAN: Integrated 802.11a/b/g, Modem 56kps (V.92)
PAN: Integrated Bluetooth EDR 2.1, Class II
WWAN: Optional HSDPA/GPRS/GSM/WCDMA
GPS receiver

Options

  • Docking station
  • Vehicle mounting with port replicators
06/10/2008 14:21:18 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Voodoo Envy 133 thinner than the Macbook Air#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Xavier Lanier at Notebooks.com is currently in Berlin and has some pictures and video  of Voodoo's latest notebook called the Voodoo Envy 133, which is thinner at.70-inch thick than Apple’s MacBook Air, which measures .76-inch at its thickest point...and that's not all! Squeezing into its svelt chasis is a removable battery with about 3.5 hours of battery life, support for HDMI, 13.3" LED backlit display, low-light VGA webcam multi-touch trackpad, eSATA support, a backlit keyboard.

envy 133

Hey did you notice that the device is missing an Ethernet port? Well its included in the powerbrick and it includes its own Access Point for coverage up to 50 feet away. Yeah that's pretty sweet. You also have the option of having a broadband card added as an option if you need a connection wherever you go.

The Envy 133 (starting at $2,099-yes it's more expensive than a Macbook Air and heavier too- but you do get a free $99 matching external optical drive) using Voodoo IOS (powered by Splashtop) enables the thinnest laptop to have instant on web access,IM, listen to music, and make Skype calls- no movie support with the matching external optical drive. Its no gamer PC with an onboard Intel GPU, just a thin, workable business laptop under a hood of carbon fiber in a choice of 14 Voodoo Allure paint finishes with a selection of laser engravings that weighs in at 3.4 lbs. You also have an option to add an SSD if you like at 64GB or a slow 4800 platter based 80GB hard drive.

Specifications:

DIMENSIONS
• Width (cm): 32.2 = 12.65 inches
• Depth (cm): 23= 9.04 inches
• Height front & rear (cm): 1.79 = .70 inches
• Weight starting at: 1.53Kg = 3.373 lbs. (with SSD & battery)
PROCESSOR
• Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology featuring Intel® Core™2 Duo
processor SP7700 (1.8 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
• Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology featuring Intel® Core™2 Duo
processor SP7500 (1.6 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
DISPLAY
• 13.3" WXGA High-Definition Widescreen LED Backlit Display (1280x800)
• Ambient light sensor
USER INTERFACE
• Large touchpad with multiple finger tracking, supporting chiral scrolling,
pinch and momentum gestures
• LED backlit Keyboard
• Proximity sensor for touchpad disable
GRAPHICS
• Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (shared)
HDD
• 64GB Solid State drive or 80G HDD 4200RPM
EXTERNAL ODD
• ID coordinated
• External slot-load eSATA Super Multi drive
• Dual format DVDRW, including both +R and -R in double layer: 24X CD
Read/ 24X CD-R Write/ 24X CD-RW Write/ 8X DVD Read/ 8X DVD+R/R/RW
Write in single layer, 6x dual layer. 5X DVD-RAM Read and Write.
NETWORKING & WIRELESS
• Integrated Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
• Bluetooth™
• Voodoo Aura PowerConnect – 56W AC Power, plus integrated
802.11b/g wireless personal access point + RJ45

EXPANSION
• 34mm ExpressCard
I/O PORTS
• Video: HDMI video port (max resolution 1920x1080)
• Audio: Headphone out shared with Microphone in
Digital array microphone with beam-forming and noise
cancellation capability
2 speakers
• Additional I/O: DC
1 x USB 2.0
1 x e-SATA / USB 2.0 combo
POWER
• 3-Cell, 33 Whr Lithium ion polymer, user replaceable
• Up to 3 hr 45 min battery life, depending on usage
• 56W AC Power (Voodoo Aura PowerConnect)
SECURITY
• (2) Kensington® lock slots
ACCESSORIES
• Included HDMI-VGA adapter (ID coordinated)
OS AND SOFTWARE
• Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium 32-bit
• Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business 32-bit
• Voodoo IOS – Instant On Solution
• Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe
• Cyberlink YouCam
PRODUCTIVITY
• Microsoft® Office Pro 2007
• Microsoft® Office Small Business Edition 2007
• Microsoft® Office Basic 2007
SECURITY
• Grisoft AVG Professional (1 year base standard)
• Computrace LoJack for Laptops, 1 and 3 year (activation required)
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCS
• Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Installation DVD
• Driver and Applications Supplemental DVD

Laptop Magazine has mini review here and more info on the VooDoo Envy 133 can be found at VooDoo 's redone website with a bold new fresh look, a step up from the flames that were left burning a few days ago.

06/10/2008 14:10:53 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

iPhone 2.0 and the Enterprise... Still Leaving Something To Be Desired#
Post By Don Sorcinelli

I've been spending a lot of time on the road as of late, meeting with a number of great companies with ideas and desires around mobility. While the focus during this time has been on Windows Mobile, the realization is that a lot of these same organizations also support RIM/Blackberry users and environments and (in some cases) are also considering Apple iPhone support as well. It is with this in mind that I (like so many others) paid close attention to yesterday's keynote speech at the Apple WorldWide Developers Conference ("WWDC"). As anticipated, much of the focus of the keynote was the announcement of the Apple iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 operating system.

From strictly a consumer perspective, the newest iPhone will undoubtedly create much buzz, interest and sales (and all very rightly so). I was, however, very focused on how this new iPhone incarnation would meet the demands of two specific groups -

  1. Enterprise application developers creating Line of Business applications for their enterprise workforce, and
  2. IT organizations charged with ensuring that mobile devices meet with security, compliance and support standards.

That being said, I was less than enthused about what was discussed yesterday regarding a device that has repeatedly been touted as "ready for the enterprise". Some reasons for my disappointment -

  • The answer to the "no background processing for 3rd party applications" issue. For those of you that are unaware, the iPhone Software Development Kit ("SDK") for 3rd party application development almost immediately raised a "red flag" among developers several months ago when it was announced that no 3rd party applications would be allowed to run in the background. In other words - switching between your 3rd party application and another application would cause your application to shut down. From a data-centric application perspective, this could be devastating if extra application coding did not take place to persist data whenever the user switched applications. In a side note - Apple does allow their own applications to run as background processes; it's the 3rd party applications that cannot.

    Yesterday's event found Scott Forstall addressing issue - sort of. Apparently, Apple perceived the background process issue as being important to developers of instant messaging solutions and not much else. The answer to the background process issue was apparently to respond with "background processes are bad." Specifically bad for battery life and performance. OK, I'll grant that, but gasoline-burning cars are bad for the environment. Does unilaterally banning them solve all your problems? What about the problems created by that decision? How about alternatives that do not cripple and potentially worsen the problem beyond the original issue?

    Forstall did propose a solution (again, "sort of"). Apple is proposing an application server architecture (maintained by Apple) that apparently will allow an application to register and receive push notifications. I'm not sure if the scope of this even applies to anything other than the instant message developers, but even if it did it seems to leave a lot to be desired. My application would now rely on the occasionally-connected nature of the cellular world and the scalability and availability of a service outside of my direct control to provide me with an application "wake-up call". Listen - I have trouble trusting the hotel front desk for a wake-up call, and you are asking me to accept this proposed architecture for mission-critical applications? In the end, this whole topic and proposed solution came across as something similar to "We believe flying to a destination via commercial jet is very inefficient from a a resource perspective. So, here's a better solution - a giant catapult..." ;-)
  • Enterprise Line of Business application distribution. A few months back, Apple acknowledged that the consumer-focused application distribution model of the Apple AppStore would not work for most enterprise IT organizations wishing to control distribution of their home-grown applications. Apple is allowing distribution of applications through their corporate intranet, and these applications will be synced to the iPhone - using iTunes. So if I understand this correctly, Apple will require iTunes on enterprise computers? Was anyone at Apple ever talked to a real IT organization responsible for regulatory compliance and security auditing? Wow - I see this as a MAJOR show-stopper for a lot of organizations.
  • Device provisioning/configuration. This is one area that I do give Apple some credit with, if for nothing more than clarifying what can be configured via both Exchange Server and Exchange Active Sync (note to Phil Schiller, Apple's VP of Worldwide Marketing - before you bash a technology like "ActiveStink", spend 5 minutes to ensure that your company hasn't licensed the technology as a cornerstone in a major market push. My 7 year-old son thanks you for making him look mature) and Apple's Configuration utility. Essentially, the iPhone will be configurable from an Exchange policy enforcement perspective in the areas of Remote Wipe and Password policies. Other configurable areas can be performed using an Apple-supplied GUI tool that creates the appropriate configuration for distribution via either website or e-mail attachment. If you are interested in more information around this, you can visit Apple's iPhone Enterprise Integration web site for the details.

    While I would like to see a larger expansion of policies over time and more information on the configuration internals (is the device provisioning OMA-DM compliant, for example), there is some tangible progress here.

All in all, Apple is making some attempts to address the issues most relevant to the eventual "go or no-go" people in the enterprise world. I really do think a lot of the issues here could be resolved if Apple gains a better understanding of the needs of these IT organizations. Apple has (and likely will always be) a consumer-focused company. Unfortunately, those consumers can only demand so much of their employers when it comes to making iPhones (and other Apple hardware, for that matter) "corporate computing citizens". If sometimes rigid (and often very legal) standards cannot be met to guarantee the security, integrity and management of iPhones, acceptance will end at the front door.

On a related note -  Peter Burrows has written a wonderful piece on Apple and the Enterprise for Business Week entitled "The Mac in the Gray Flannel Suit". It really does talk to so much of what I believe are the root problems with Apple and the enterprise today.  

06/10/2008 13:25:28 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone Proof of Concept#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

The folks at SlingMedia have been working hard on coming up with a SlingPlayer Mobile client for the iPhone and have come up with a proof of concept running on a jailbroken iPhone while they await Apple's stamp of approval. Looks like the folks at Engadget got an early look at it and posted up about it here. Dave Zatz also has some pictures of it in action here.

 

SlingPlayer_iPhone

If you are attending Apple's WWDC.  Sling Media's Product Manager Vicky Shum will be close by hanging out at the Starbucks at 120 4th Street, San Francisco (right across from the Metreon) between 10:00 and 16:00 (10am and 4pm) on Monday, June 9th.  So if you'll be in town attending WWDC, please stop by for an SPM demo you won't be disappointed. :)

06/09/2008 04:47:17 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

HP HDX Dragon Deal#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Now that the last winner of the 31 Days of the Dragon contest has been announced by the very mobile folks at GottaBeMobile you can still get one at a very low price. Wayne Schulz from Gear Diary found a great deal that is available for an HP Pavilion HDX Core 2 Duo 2.1GH.

Steve@panera with HP HDX Dragon

They even included Jack's picture of me at Panera Bread. Man that thing is huge. I wonder if our winner Duane Laflotte has gotten any sleep after winning his. :)

Here are details of the deal:

$450 off web-only STACKABLE coupon for a CTO HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Notebook PC. Coupon NB1297. Ends 6/14

New $450 Stackable HP Notebook coupon- Save $650 on the purchase of an HP HDX Entertainment Notebook PC with $450 coupon NB1297 and $200 Instant Rebate. Also receive Instant Savings on printers, warranties and accessories and Free NEXT BUSINESS DAY SHIPPING on all HP ink, toner and paper from the HP Home & Home Office Store.

$450 off web-only coupon for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Notebook PC at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Coupon code: NB1297. Offer expires 6/14/2008 or while supplies last. Maximum 4 redemptions per person or address. Not valid with other promotions. Restrictions apply. Combinable with instant rebates. For complete conditions, see "Coupon Information" in the "Customer Service" section at www.hpshopping.com.

 

HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Series Notebook

256MB ATI(TM) Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 2600 XT

Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T8100 (2.10 GHz) 

Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

Integrated HP TV Tuner w/ 4 Speakers + 1 Subwoofer 

Microsoft(R) Works 9.0 

20.1" WSXGA+ HP Ultra Brightview (1680 x 1050) 

240GB 5400RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (120GB x 2) LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer 

2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network w/Bluetooth 

HP Imprint Finish (Dragon) + Fingerprint Reader + Webcam + Microphone

9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery 

Power Pack software - Roxio, Muvee and Serif

$1799.99- $450  = $1349.99

If you are looking at Entering the Dragon at a very low price you better do it quick since this offer expires on the 14th of June.

06/08/2008 13:04:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

HTC Touch Pro Announced#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

HTC announced its latest handset at formerly known as the HTC Raphael, will now be known as the HTC Touch Pro.

htc touch pro

HTC Corp., a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today unveiled its advanced next generation business phone, the HTC Touch Pro™. Bringing a beautiful new angle to mobile business productivity, the HTC Touch Pro utilizes similar styling and functionality of the highly anticipated Touch Diamond™ and introduces a variety of business-focused enhancements that make getting work done on the go quick and easy.

The rest of the Press release is here. HTC also announced some accessories for both the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro with similarly designed desktop cradles,a travel charger accessory pack, an extended battery and slim collapsible case for the Touch Diamond.

HTC Touch Pro front and side HTC Touch Pro with 5 row keyboard out

Compared to the HTC Touch Diamond, which is available this week online for the price of $795.95 (Check some great videos of it on YouTube), Touch Pro is basically the same device with a 5 row keyboard which only adds 6.77mm about 60% thickness. The Touch Pro also has a larger battery (1350mAh vs. 900mAh), but it also has less storage space due to the fact that the Touch Pro adds a microSD slot for expansion,which is more aligned for Power Users and people like myself, who like the ability for expandability.  Another interesting thing that is added is the HTC Ext USB that is 11-pin miniUSB 2.0 port, audio jack and TV out so you can display your PowerPoint presentations on the big screen. I don't know if the Touch Pro has the same magnet in the stylus like the Touch Diamond, that turns the device on when removed, but one can only assume it does. It looks like HTC is covering all their bases and has another nice looking device on their hands and looks to be the sole competitor to the Sony Xperia for my next device.

Also before you ask, HTC won’t be releasing this in the US yet due to the lack of the 850 band support, but I am sure many will still order one via online retailers according to HTC in late 2008. Hopefully retail outlets like BestBuy will also make these available in the US for easy purchasing of nice unlocked phones.

HTC Touch Pro Specifications:

  • Processor:Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz
  • Operating System: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Memory: ROM: 512 MB and RAM: 288MB
  • Dimensions: 102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 18.05 mm (T)
  • Weight: 165 g (with battery)
  • Display: 2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution
  • HSDPA/WCDMA: in Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz - Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
  • Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE in Europe/Asia: 900/1800/1900 MHz (Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)
  • Device Control:
    TouchFLO™ 3D
    Touch-sensitive navigation control
  • Keyboard:Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
  • GPS: GPS and A-GPS ready
  • Connectivity:
    Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
    Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
    HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0, audio jack, and TV Out* all in one)
  • Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash light
  • Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera
  • Audio:40 polyphonic and standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI
    Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS
    Ring tone supported formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion or Lithium-ion polymer battery
    Capacity: 1340 mAh
  • Talk time: Up to 397 minutes for WCDMA /Up to 485 minutes for GSM
  • Standby time: Up to 503 hours for WCDMA / Up to 406 hours for GSM
  • Video call time: Up to 201 minutes for WCDMA
    (The above are subject to network and phone usage.)
  • Expansion Slot:microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • AC Adapter:Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
    DC output: 5V and 1A

* HTC TV Out cable needed.

There are more pictures of the Touch Pro in their gallery here.

06/04/2008 12:36:15 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

T-Mobile offers Unlimited Family Plan#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

While I was on the T-mobile website this week re-adding my wife's data plan (she tried it, didn't think she needed it, went through data withdrawal, and now has it back) I was looking at the plans with maybe the chance of upgrading our minute plan since we are using our cell phones more and noticed that you can now get a Family Time Unlimited plan for 2 people for $149 with each addition user for $49.

tmobile family time unlimited

Here is the text if you can't read it from the picture:

T-Mobile now offers families an Unlimted Nationwide Calling & Messaging Plan. This plan lets you connect the way you want to, without worrying about minutes or unpredictable bills. You get unlimited nationwide calling and text, IM, picture and video messaging to anyone on any network, even landlines for just $149.98 per month for two lines. Up to three additional lines are just $49.99 each.

If data was included it would have been even sweeter, but its still a very great plan for families or two users that share minutes and go over their monthly allotment.

tmobile family time unlimited2

06/04/2008 12:10:14 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

AMD Puma Pounces on Intel Delay#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Looking to make strides in the public sector and SMB markets AMD launched a new laptop platform called Puma targeting users that want to take their HD content with them wherever they are. Utilizing both the AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile(Griffin) processor and AMD M780G with the ATI Radeon HD 3000 graphics chip the new platform promises to deliver a “Full HD Experience”. With Intel's delay of its new Centrino 2 Laptop system, this could be a golden opportunity for AMD during the back-to-school purchase season.

amd

There are several new notebook designs based on Puma coming from leading OEMs including Acer, Asus, Clevo, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, MSI, NEC and Toshiba.

The AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile processor includes top enhancements including AMD Independent Dynamic Core Technology, a new mobile-optimized memory controller, and power-optimized HyperTransport™ 3.0. The new mobile AMD 7-series chipset, AMD M780G and AMD SB700, features integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics and delivers support for Microsoft DirectX® 10. The integrated graphics deliver up to three times the 3D graphics performance of comparable competitor graphics and offer ATI Avivo™ HD Technology for smooth video playback in hi-def format.

Complementing the video capabilities to deliver a rich visual experience, the platform also offers the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series discrete graphics, including the previously announced ATI Mobility Radeon 3400 and 3600 Series, and the new ATI Mobility Radeon™ 3800 Series, also introduced today. The 3800 Series delivers the highest levels of graphics performance in the ATI Mobility Radeon HD family, with support for PCI Express® 2.0, the only graphics processor with DirectX 10.1, integrated digital output support for HDMI, DVI and Display Port, and multi-monitor functionality with native support for up to 4 monitors for mainstream notebooks. When using notebooks with both integrated and discrete graphics, users can also benefit from ATI CrossFireX™ Technology, a feature of ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology designed to boost graphics performance up to 70 percent by running the integrated and discrete graphics together.

“Windows Vista enhances the overall performance and productivity of the personal computer, offers rich visual experiences and makes the digital lifestyle easier, safer, more entertaining and better connected than ever before,” said Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft. “The next-generation AMD notebook platform provides optimized technologies that will provide an even richer visual experience for customers running Windows Vista and other graphically demanding applications.”

...Business users increasingly are recognizing the need to support today’s graphics-rich applications and operating systems in a more mobile business world. Small- and medium-sized businesses also recognize the ability of notebook PCs to increase productivity, and require improved security to prevent data loss. With designs that enable industry-standard security and manageability such as Trusted Platform Module and Enhanced Virus Protection™*, small- and medium-sized businesses will find the next-generation AMD notebook platform helps meet their needs...

For more of the press release head here.

Features:

  • Full HD1 Experience: Get the ultimate in HD visual performance with ATI Avivo™ HD2 Technology for full 1080p3 playback of Blu-ray4 and other HD content.
  • Superior Technologies: Optimized technologies for improved graphics performance, fast wireless and long battery life.
  • Greater Value: Secure, integrated, smart designs that bring everything together to give you more now and looking ahead.

AMD also announced the AMD Changing the Game Signature Program
which is an initiative of the AMD Foundation designed to connect AMD’s industry leading graphics processing power with the power of developing and playing digital games to educate young people and affect positive social change in an increasingly technology driven society. The new program champions the evolution of digital gaming toward becoming a more dynamic entertainment AND educational experience for youth by working with nonprofit organizations, foundations and other companies to use digital game design to teach disadvantaged youth essential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and life skills.

To check out AMD's Press Conference at Computex head here.

06/04/2008 12:02:36 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Microsoft’s Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

Our good friend Arne Hess over at the::unwired posted up an article about Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile, something that many people have been waiting for when Windows Vista was released (recently mentioned an update to it here). Well its still not ready for the mass-market yet, Microsoft’s Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview v0.01 is an application for both Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 Profesional/Classic/Pocket PCs and Smartphones/Standard devices that allows you to use your Windows Mobile device as a Bluetooth SideShow-compatible device. Basically using a Windows Gallery Gadget that runs on your computer as another window or remote control that allows for two-way communication between your computer and the information on your Windows Mobile device. If you do happen to fall out of the 30m range or if you shut off/sleep/hibernate your computer you can still view the content sent to the phone previously.

windows sideshow windows sideshow2

System Requirements

  • Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Ultimate
  • A Bluetooth-capable Windows Mobile 5, Windows Mobile 6 Standard, or Windows Mobile 6 Professional device with the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 installed.
  • A Bluetooth-enabled PC. Note: this release is not compatible with computers running Toshiba Bluetooth drivers. See the “Troubleshooting” section below for more information.

Instructions

sideshow download

  1. Download and run WindowsSideShowForWindowsMobile.exe on your PC, and open the folder it was installed to.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer over USB and select "Open device to view files".
  3. If the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 or later is not installed on your device (it is not on most Windows Mobile 5 devices), install it:
    1. Copy NETCFv2.wm.armv4i from the installation folder to the My Documents folder on your device.
    2. On the phone, open File Explorer.
    3. Open NETCFv2.wm.armv4i in File Explorer, and follow the instructions to restart the device.
  4. Connect your PC to the Internet if it is not already connected.
  5. Drag WindowsSideShowForWindowsMobile.CAB to the My Documents folder on the Windows Mobile device.
  6. On the phone, open File Explorer.
  7. In File Explorer, select WindowsSideShowForWindowsMobile.CAB in the My Documents folder. Click OK if you get a publisher warning. The program will install on your phone.
  8. From your PC, pair and connect your phone over Bluetooth.
    1. On the device, click the Start button, click Settings, click Connections, and then click Bluetooth. Turn Bluetooth on and make the phone discoverable.
    2. On your Windows Vista PC, open the Bluetooth Devices control panel, and then click Add.
    3. Select your device and click Pair. If you do not see your phone, make sure it is in discoverable mode, and that there is a Bluetooth adapter connected to your PC and turned on.
    4. Select "Let me choose my own passcode", and then enter a passcode.
    5. A dialog box will appear on the phone asking you to enter the passcode.
    6. Enter the passcode and then press return. If notifications to enable other services come up, click Allow All Connections.
  9. When a message appears on the PC to install driver software, click Locate and install driver software.
  10. After the drivers install, go to your phone's home or today screen, where you will see the SideShow logo with the text not connected (you may have to scroll to see this). Select the text. If you do not see this text, click the Start button, click Programs, and then click Windows SideShow.
    1. If you get an error saying you do not have the latest version of the .NET Compact Framework installed, perform step 3 to install the .Net Compact Framework. Remove and reinstall Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile by clicking Start, clicking Settings, clicking Remove Programs, clicking Windows SideShow, and then clicking OK. Then start again at step 7.
  11. Wait a few seconds for the phone to connect. If it does not connect automatically, click the Connect button on the lower left. Your phone may take up to 30 seconds to connect. If the phone does not connect, try turning it off and on, and see the“Troubleshooting – Phone fails to connect” section in the readme.
  12. Choose your user account on the phone, when prompted. You can change this later by clicking Menu.
  13. sideshow with 8900 connected
    Open the Windows SideShow control panel to pick gadgets to use on your phone. You can click the "Get more gadgets online" link at the bottom of the screen to access the Windows SideShow section of the Windows Live Gallery.

sideshow powerpoint install Sideshow on WM6

The Power Point Remote control application is great. Its also pretty cool to control your Media Player via Bluetooth. I can't wait to see more gadgets like some Media Center based ones. :)

06/03/2008 22:16:53 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

Day 31 of 31 Days of the Dragon#
Post By Steve "fyiguy" Hughes

The folks over at www.gottabemobile.com has posted up the details of their contest to win an HP HDX Dragon Entertainment Notebook in Day 31 the last day of the 31 Days of the Dragon. All you have to do is answer some questions by registering on their forums and you will not only win the HP HDX Dragon, but also a Waterfield Designs Case designed to carry this large laptop.

gbm

Here are the details of their contest:

It couldn't be easier to enter this contest. All you have to do is answer these five questions by posting a reply to this forum thread. Forum membership is required and you can easily join here if not already a member.

Here are the five questions you must answer:

1) Do you currently use a mobile computer ( Laptop, Tablet PC, UMPC, Ultra-Portable PC, etc)? If so, what brand(s) and what operating system(s) ?

2) When did you purchase the computer that you currently use the most and when do you plan on replacing it?

3) Will your next purchase be a mobile computer? If so, what kind and what brand(s) are you considering?

4) What technology leader would you most like to have lunch with and what would you want to discuss?

5) What can HP do to improve your mobile life?

While you here visiting GottaBeMobile.com, be sure to look around at our mobile pc news, InkShow video reviews, and discussion forums. We'd absolutely love it if you also subscribed to our RSS feed. We work hard at thoroughly covering the mobile pc space, and hope you'll find our content helpful and useful as you navigate the mobile world.

Here are a few rules and guidelines for the contest:

  • Entry is open to registered GottaBeMobile.com forum members. Register for free here.
  • One entry per person. Multiple entries will be removed. An entry will be considered valid if all five questions are answered.
  • Entries will be accepted from June 1 12:01 am MST through June 8 at 3:00 PM MST.
  • This contest is open to residents of ALL countries. Buzz Corps and HP will pay shipping
  • Buzz Corps and HP will also be helping with taxes by gifting you with a check to offset the tax impact of winning this $5200 + system.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly from all valid entries and be announced on June 8th by 5:00 PM MST. The winner will be notified by email and announced on the homepage of GottaBeMobile. The winner will have 72 hours to respond via email. If no response is received, we will choose another winner randomly.
  • Staff members of GBM, HP, BuzzCorps, and the other 30 participating sites are not eligible to enter this contest

Remember there are 6 more chances to win one of these fabulous laptops from    www.bleepingcomputer.com, www.hardwaregeeks.com, www.geeknewscentral.com, www.geekzone.co.nz, www.thetabletpc.net, and www.gearlive.com

Good Luck!

06/01/2008 16:07:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) #     |  Trackback

 

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