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    On behalf of all of us here at pocketnow.com, I would like to extend to you wishes for a safe and blessed Christmas. For those who celebrate it, take this day to spend time with your family and friends, and new techno gadgets that may arrive under the tree. Here's to a great holiday!

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    Federico at Vaja wrote in to let me know that they are now shipping new cases to fit the XDA II / MDA Pocket PC Phone Edition PDA. Some features: -Snap Closure -Easy access to all functions -2 SD & 2 Credit Cards slots -Sync with travel cable -Optional Ultra Clip -Custom Built Option Available -Size: 2-3/8" x 4-6/8" x 1-3/8" The case is available now with 15 day delivery.

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    An alternate text input program called Decuma has been released for the Pocket PC. It recognizes written text as the user would write on a pen and paper, allowing the user to write naturally. This product seems very close the Calligrapher text recognition program and Microsoft's Transcriber, and seems to allow editing and correcting right within the text input area. A version for Palm OS is also being released (perhaps this product will be a bigger deal for that side of the market since Grafitti can often be confining).

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    The Register has a fairly detailed review of the Toshiba e800 Pocket PC. I'm really glad that they took the time to comment on how the device supports VGA resolutions, but can do very little with it out of the box. "The high resolution display is a bit of a mixed bag. The standard Pocket PC applications don't support the it, and nor, actually does much else. Toshiba provides the ClearVue Suite from Westtek, which allows you to look at, but not work with, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and a range of image formats. Reading Word documents without scrolling horizontally requires them to ...

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    The Chinese site Mobile01.com has posted a review of the APBW XDA Phone Edition device on a Chinese site. It seems to be just like a normal XDA device but features an integrated GPS receiver on top. Besides the small protrusion caused by the GPS antenna ridge, the device is virtually identical in dimensions to other XDA devices. It's great to see Pocket PC manufacturers expanding their bases and including multiple technologies in one device.

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    TomTom® today announced brand new, enhanced maps with expanded turn-by-turn coverage through a relationship with strategic map data provider Tele Atlas. The maps will be provided free-of-charge to all existing TomTom Navigator USA customers. In their press release, a TomTom representative stated: "Tele Atlas has over the years invested substantially in developing high-quality digital maps for navigation systems," said George Fink, chief operating officer of Tele Atlas. "TomTom Navigator USA continues to offer the most comprehensive door-to-door personal navigation system using the Tele ...

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    The EOps TV CF Type I card allows you to you watch real time color TV on the go with your Pocket PC. The accessory is available in both Pal and US NTSC versions and thus allows the reception of either analog broadcast PAL UHF to VHF CCIR standard channels or US NTSC UHF to VHF TV channels 2-69.

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    Dan Tanzer over at Zerama e-mailed me last week to let me know about a little promotional he was running for the holidays. For a limited time, you can pick up a copy of their very popular Zerama Remote for $10.00 (that's 50% off the normal price). Zerama Remote lets you control your computer's Media player wirelessly via your Pocket PC. To read our review of it, click here.

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    Amazon.com has the new Motorola MPx200 Smartphone (AT&T Wireless) for $170 - $170 rebates = Free. Requires 2-year contract. -Smartphone 2002 Operating System -Transflective Display

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    Proporta has just announced a new addition to their already extensive line of leather cases. This new case is crafted in soft leather features the popular flip-top style. It was custom designed for the Axim X3, in order to fit the countours of the device. Very slight padding has been added to both the top and bottom flip for extra protection for the PDA, without adding too much extra ‘bulk'. The secure holding system attaches directly onto the Axim X3 itself and the strong magnetic tongue fastening keeps the PDA safe and secure when not in use. The Proporta Dell Axim X3 leather flip case ...

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    The Register has a relatively concise review of the Dell Axim x3i up. "Dell is offering two versions of the x3: one with wireless and two without. We took a look at the former, the x3i. All three look essentially identical, with only a small antenna module on the top of the x3i to distinguish it from its siblings."

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    Meritline has a large selection of Genuine Leather PDA Cases for $8 each using coupon code af-2off215. Among them are cases for the Dell Axim, HP iPAQ Series, and O2 XDA.

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    Amazon has the new HP iPAQ 4155 Pocket PC for $410 with free shipping. Features Integrated Bluetooth & 802.11b, Secure Digital IO slot, and a removable lithium-ion battery.

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    Today, pocketnow and Moonlight Technologies have forged an affiliate relationship. This is an exciting time for us because I have always enjoyed the really low prices that Moonlight offers. Please be sure to drop in if you need any accessories at all for your PDA, they have device specific accessories like cases, replacement styli; all at a wholesale-level price. Not to mention, they ship worldwide. A couple products that caught my eye: -3 Stylus for Dell Axim - $5.99 -Dell Axim Slim Leather Case - $12.99 -Dell Axim Car Charger - $9.99 -Krusell HP IPAQ 1910 Leather Case - $23.99 -O2 XDA / ...

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    Good news! The iPAQ h4350 Pocket PCs are finally starting to roll out. The pocketnow.com store has them in stock and ready for same day shipping. The iPAQ h4350 Pocket PC with an integrated keyboard and built-in wireless capabilities including Bluetooth technology and WiFi (WLAN 802.11b), you can access the Internet, e-mail and corporate data at home, at work, or on the go - a stylishly productive communications tool for the mobile professional.

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    I've been playing with a Toshiba e805 Pocket PC for a few days now. I thought I'd give some initial thoughts. Overall, I'm very impressed with the display on this Pocket PC. Toshiba has managed to pack a 4 inch beautiful transflective display into a still relatively portable handheld form. Notice that I used the word handheld, that was intentional. By today's standards, this Pocket PC is borderline huge, especially for one that still lacks Bluetooh and cannot match HP's high-end offering of biometric technology. The screen is this unit's saving grace. The screen seems almost too big for ...

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    A long while ago, really early in 2003, pocketnow Columnist Chris Spera started a series on cases for the Compaq/HP iPAQ. A number of different things have happened since his last edition of Apples & Oranges, and without too much aplomb, he'd like to continue on. Read on in the latest installment of Apples and Oranges.

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    "Juha Christensen, a former Symbian executive who helped Microsoft launch its mobile phone effort, plans to leave the software giant later this year." Juha Christensen originally worked for Symbian, and came over to Microsoft in the fall of 2000. His goal was simple. Christensen planned to spur Microsoft to create software for mobile phones.

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    HP has just released a softpaq update for the iPAQ 2200 series and its Bluetooth functionality. Here are the fixes it provides: -Corrects Bluetooth (BT) Manager lockup that occurred if the device was turned OFF while the status screen or Active Connections screen was open. -Corrects BT Manager lockup when trying to add or remove connections in the PAN Manager. -Corrects issue where BT would not start when the device was turned ON and attempted to connect to ActiveSync. -Corrects BT File Explorer lockup after access was denied from an FTP connection through Ericsson T610 phone. -Corrects ...

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    BargainPDA.com takes a look at the new ViewSonic V36 Pocket PC. The new Viewsonic sports an integrated digital camera. "The V36 has arrived into the mainstream consumer market after a quiet release of the ViewSonic "V37" which was mostly a give away model that was free to developers who purchased Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 software. After taking a close look at that model I was unimpressed with what seemed to me as a decline in hardware quality that was already considered marginal in ViewSonic's first Pocket PC model, the V35."

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    Yet another article detailing the comparison between Pocket PC and Palm has sprung up. It seems that these sort of articles come around the web with every little change made to either operating system. "Computer Times invited two PDA enthusiasts - Alvin Chang from the Singapore Palm Users Group (www.spug.net) and Lee Chee Wee from the Pocket PC enthusiasts' website PPCSG.org - to help you decide which platform is right for your needs."

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    The new Dell Axim X3 Pocket PCs are now available on Dell Home. Get the best model: 400MHz Axim X3 Pocket PC + 802.11b for $379 - automatic 10% off - $25 off $350 code AC7AAC6F318E (expires 10/16) = $316 shipped. -Windows Mobile 2003 -Intel Xscale 400MHz -64MB SDRAM -950 mAh Li-Ion -Secure Digital/SDIO Now/MMC Slots -Integrated Wireless

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    OfficeMax has the HP iPAQ H2215 for $400 - $50 off $250 coupon = $350 with free shipping. Also qualifies for a free $40 gift certificate . (click on Discuss for rebate and certificate links)

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    Amazon has the new HP iPAQ 1935 Pocket PC for $249.99. Get to $250 with Electronics items - $50 rebate = $200 with free shipping. You then magically qualify for a free $50 certificate. (click on Discuss to get the links for the rebate and certificate)

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    At long last, Dell is planning to announce their new and improved Axim Pocket PC today. Dell has been working to secure their position in a changing marketplace by grabbing as much market share for different products as possible, making sure their site can be a one stop shop. "The question is, how much and how far Dell can go with it?" says Dell President Kevin Rollins. "How many new products can Dell add to its portfolio? Where does it end? We think there's a somewhat limitless number of products and services we could get into."

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