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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    Ballsooter Games has released Fast Swapper Halloween Edition, and it is only available through this Halloween. From their release: Fast Swapper is created in the good old traditions of well-known games as Lines, Tetris and many other games of "tile" type. The game is simple, your aim is to get as many points as you can by swapping three or more adjacent items vertically and horizontally. Get your free copy of the Halloween edition of Fast Swapper on www.ballshooter.com.

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    Though I can't say I've ever had a need to type text into my Pocket PC from a desktop keyboard, there is a way to do just that. TranCreative Software has just released Remote Keyboard 1.0. From their web site: Remote Keyboard is a program that connects PC keyboard and mouse to your Pocket PC over ActiveSync connection or TCP/IP network. It works as a Soft Input Panel (SIP), also called input method, along with Keyboard, Letter Recognizer or Transcriber in Pocket PC devices. Remote Keyboard works with wireless connected Pocket PCs (Wi-Fi) and has an auto-search for peers on LANs. You can ...

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    Visto Corporation, a global provider of personal and corporate wireless e-mail, announced the release of Visto Mobile 5.0. Billed as "the next generation" of Visto's wireless e-mail platform, it can provide instantaneous and automatic 2-way delivery of email, contacts and calendar updates on any 2.5G or 3G device. From their press release: "Visto's new real-time push email and personal information management (PIM) capability provides a seamless user experience through it's support for native device clients, background mode operation, and instant 2-way delivery of information. Visto has ...

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    When I stepped up from my Visor Deluxe to a Dell Axim, mine went right off to eBay. What do you do (or plan to do) with your old PDA when you upgrade to a newer, faster model? Let's discuss!

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    GluControl 3.0, a free autocontrol system for diabetics, is now available. From the author's site: "GlucoControl is a tool to make the managing of diabetes easier and more accurate, also helps to control the blood glucose levels. GlucoControl replaces the traditional paper logbooks, but it also does much more. Facilitates data entry, in addition to the typical controls: Before Breakfast, After Lunch, etc..., you can introduce extra controls with custom information like: insulin supplement, sport time, etc... Generates advanced reports when registered as GC user (it's free). GC user's is ...

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    Worlebird software has created a Star Trek: The Next Generation skin for the Pocket PC version of Windows Media Player. From the Worlebird web page: "This is just a little something we've been having fun with while we work. It's a skin for Windows Media Player for Pocket PC that looks like a tricorder from Star Trek: The Next Generation. We've seen a few programs that let you pretend your Pocket PC is a tricorder, but they don't actually DO anything. Now you can have your own tricorder, and it actually works! If you listen to music on your Pocket PC, and like Star Trek, this a must have!" ...

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    Why hasn't someone integrated a pedometer with a Pocket PC device yet? Or maybe not even the device, but how about combining a Pocket PC case with a pedometer in the bottom. Consider how many people walk around with a Pocket PC attached to their belts. It just seems like a natural progression to add a way to monitor how many steps you've walked. I'd even settle for a pedometer that would synch with my desktop. This isn't really a new idea. It has been done before, albeit in a somewhat different manner. Once upon a time consumers could purchase the "Step Keeper Pedometer Module for the ...

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    If you are familiar with the game Mastermind, then you might just enjoy having it available on the Pocket PC. If not, you just might enjoy discovering a new game. Either way Pieter van Santen's Mastermind is a fun, and free, game that should keep you busy. From the Handango overview: "This applications contains the famous board game "Mastermind", with 8 colors. You have to search for the four secret colors. The graphics aren't very fancy but the program does what is has to do.. ... and it is free. If you use a Pocket PC with Microsoft Mobile 2003; you might have to install the EVB runtime ...

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    Fictionwise.com just announced that by the end of this month they will give out 40 free ebooks in partnership with two dozen publishers. Fictionwise is, according to their press release, "the world's leading independent eBook retailer" The giveaway will run through the entire month of September 2004. The first group of free eBooks are available now, with the second group to follow the week of September 21st. 18 free eBooks are listed now, and you must register to download them. All are free though, and no payment is needed. They also have a variety of formats from which to select your ...

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    "Turbo Invaders" is a free Space Invaders clone available now for the Pocket PC. From the author's website: "In this similar creation of an old classic you are in charge of Earths last line of defence, this is pure game play at its best! Features: * High score * Near Faithful representation of the original invader graphics * "Out of this world" SFX * Keyboard or Stylus control System Requirements: StrongARM/XScale Processor, PocketPC 2000, 2002, Windows Mobile (PPC2003), not tested on Windows Mobile 2003SE, and Approx 1Mb Ram Click here to download your free copy from PocketBlasters.com

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