Posts by Darren Garyson

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    WHAT'S HOT    A VGA screen (640x480), 3.7" display, Bluetooth, 520 MHz processor, Windows Mobile 2003 SE, built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, Compact Flash & SD slots, 64 mb of RAM (45 mb user accessible) + 64 mb ROM, 19 mb non-volatile flash-memory and USB host options.     Size and weight of a device is a very important aspect of any Pocket PC device. Below you can see that the A730 compares quite favorably to other devices on the market. Device (no cover) Size (inches) Weight (grams | ounces) Asus MyPal A730 4.63" x 2.87 " x 0.67" 170 | 6.00 ...

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    To celebrate their 5-year Anniversary, Handango has been giving away free software every week since the middle of last December. Not shareware programs, but fully-registered, no-nag retail programs for your Pocket PC and/or Smartphone. No end date was given for the promotion, just that it would go through January. Since this is the last full week of the month, this could very well be the final batch of free goodies (but I sure hope not). This week's offerings: GeniusPro (ARM/XScale) for Pocket PC An advanced Unit Converter for Professionals and will take care of all of your Unit Conversion ...

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    Resco has just released their version 5.20 update to the very popular Photo Viewer for both the Pocket PC and Smartphone platforms. New in the Pocket PC version: *Multiselection of thumbnails The Smartphone update, however, is much more extensive. New features include: *Quickly load thumbnails *Display EXIF information *Works with the desktop album generator *Add transition effects or sound tracks to your slide show *Capture and store the screen content *Adjust contrast, brightness and gamma *Send pictures via e-mail, IrDA or MMS *Attach a sound file to your photograph *Add a text comment ...

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    As previously reported here, Handango is giving away free software through the end of this month to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. There have been some really cool applications so far, and this week looks to be a good haul as well. SplashPhoto for Pocket PC for Pocket PC($29.99 value) View and organize digital images with SplashPhoto. Game Pack 1 SP for SmartPhone ($19.95 value) Includes 6 fun, challenging, and exciting games (BlackJack, Blocks, Invaders, Logic Squares, Pong & Video Poker) with great graphics and sound. You can read the pocketnow review of SplashPhoto here. It is rare ...

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    Handango continues the celebration with still more free Pocket PC & SmartPhone software! This week's offerings: WebIS Mail for Pocket PC, by WebIS, Inc. ($24.95 value) WebIS Mail 2.0 is the next amazing hit from Web Information Solutions, Inc. WebIS Mail allows you to manage your e-mail from mobile device. It can be synchronized with desktop or with your mailboxes placed on POP3 or IMAP servers using industrial strength SSL security or going through your SOCKS proxy. IM+: MSN/Yahoo! Mobile Instant Messenger for Windows Mobile Smartphone, by SHAPE Services GmbH ($19.95 value) This version ...

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    eReader continues to give away free eBooks every day in December. I've missed quite a few due to forgetfulness, so I wanted to post a reminder. Just click here to visit eReader.com's "Deck your Device with Free Daily Downloads" page. Today's free book is "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells ($2.95 value). Go quick, it will be gone tomorrow and replaced with another. Please note, you do have to sign up for the site and provide a credit card number. However, no charges are made for the books. Wow, with this offer and Handango's, December is turning out to ge a good month for Pocket PC freebies! ...

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    Handango continues the celebration by offering up more free Pocket PC software this week. This week's offerings: SmartphoneFind - a search tool for Windows Mobile-based Smartphone devices. (Smartphone) Calendar Bar a handy miniature calendar on your Today screen. (Pocket PC) Just like last week, these are totally free. Download your copy soon, because they change every week through January 31, 2005.

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    Resco has just released an impressive update to the already powerful Photo Viewer for Pocket PC. The new 5.10 release includes the following enhancements: New slide effects New user interface Cache file is now settupable Optimized thumbnail loading Image cropping and resizing (permits to save your color changes and other modifications) Enhanced zooming: better image quality achieved through bi-linear stretching Improved video (better synchronization with sound) Extended options for the thumbnail view Printing capability (requires HP Mobile Printing) Support for Windows Mobile 2003 SE ...

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    The Handango team has just announced that they are making available several free mobile downloads/applications for smartphone and handheld users. Here are the details: This holiday season, Handango is helping customers deck their smartphones and handhelds with a huge giveaway. During December and January, customers can get a different free software application each week. All customers have to do is register with Handango at www.handango.com/freeapp, and they can get up to eight free applications (one/week). For customers filled with the spirit of giving, Handango is also offering a 10 ...

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    The developer of MySportsTraining (read our review here) is having a Holiday sale. From the Expose Corp news release: "As most countries enter the Holidays season, people's health takes a hit. We thought we should promote MySportTraining (and the other titles we sell) to help people track what they eat (and find out why they feel bloated), monitor their health, and why not, hit the gym and start an exercise program to get fit. For just a few bucks, people can get through this health-challenging period of the year with their weight and health intact! For two days only (Nov 25th & 26th, ...

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    Users of the Avantgo service are being invited to participate in the free beta testing of "Avantgo '05." The new version of the software has the several enhancements, including: -New look and feel:A complete redesign of the user interface -Small-screen optimized navigation designed to maintain ease of use -Improved on-device channel management and selection -Enhanced connected/wireless features -Abbreviate sync times and minimize wireless costs by selecting the channels you wish to sync -Browse and search all 1200+ AvantGo channels while connected Surf the web I installed it last week and ...

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    Gone. Everything is gone. My Pocket PC has just performed the equivalent of a hard reset without even asking me. I suppose it was inevitable when you consider the amount of software I install on my device for review purposes. Earlier in the week I was merrily trying out "The-Software-Which-Will Remain-Nameless," putting it through it's paces and it locked up my device. No big deal, I do soft resets all the time. Except for some reason, when my device restarted, it asked me to tap the screen to begin. Uh-oh. I got that sick feeling in my stomach. Like the one you get when the police car in ...

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    AlphaBeta Software is offering Pocketnow readers a free, full version of their brand new program MobileNews. This interesting new program brings XML news (RSS, RDF, Atom) to your Pocket PC Inbox. From AlphaBeta: * It synchronizes the news. Outdated news will be deleted automatically. The emails will not be accumulated. * It directly synchronize the news. It go to the Internet and get the news directly. You can use different method to go to the Internet. but once you are connected, you can get the news. * It removes all the html code and save the plaintext only. * The news are saved to the ...

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    Anton Tomov has just released Pocket Hack Master 2004. This is a complete re-write from the ground up, and is essentially, a new software product. Thankfully, all owners of the previous release get a free upgrade to the new version. As stated by .antontomov.com in the October newsletter "we do value our loyal customers and believe we should not charge any fees for upgrading from Pocket Hack Master to Pocket Hack Master 2004." Product Features: * Modular structure allowing support for multiple processors/devices * Built-in testing and benchmarking code to filter stable and working settings ...

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    Yesterday at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference, Pocket PC Magazine announced the winners of the 2004 Best Software Awards. Judges evaluated 581 Windows Mobile products in 100 Pocket PC, Smartphone, and Developer categories to narrow the field to this year's winners. All of the nominees, finalists and winners can be viewed online at or by download of a special 14 page report. The report is a 2MB PDF and is available for $5.95. It contains images and descriptions of all the Best Software Award Pocket PC and Smartphone winners, plus additional material. The online report ...

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