Posts by Russ Smith

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    Chris Spera recently pointed to an article on the death of the Palm OS at that point, there was no news on just when Palm would shift all development to "Palm over Linux." That changed today with the report from vnunet that PalmSource will do exactly that starting immediately. The next Palm OS will be Palm over Linux and will be radically different from anything PalmSource has produced to this date. That's what's happening, but you're probably wondering "Why?" Why would PalmSource simple throw out their operating system and start over. The answer is simpler than you might think: It all ...

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    INTRODUCTION     One of the great things about cellular phones is that you can now use them nearly anywhere.  One of the annoying things about cellular phones is that "nearly" in the sentance above.  Even with the best efforts of cellular carriers, you will still find "holes" where reception is either very weak or nonexistant.  At best, this is annoying.  At worst, when one of those "holes" happens to be your home or place of work, it makes it difficult or impossible to use your cell-phone.  Would it not be great if you could "beef up" the reception ...

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    Mobile Pipeline gives you a detailed look at how HP built WiFi, Bluetooth, a thumb-board, and a good-sized color screen in the the iPAQ 4300. The article also explains some of the process of getting hardware and operating system to work together..

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    When Motorolla cancelled the MPX Smartphone, it was feared by many that the company would simply not produce Microsoft Smartphones. Thankfully, that proved wrong. Even better, their new Quad-band GSM/GPRS "Franklin" model is a slim-but-feature-packed wonder. The new Motorolla Windows Mobile device has been the subject of rumors for some time, but recently moved beyond the rumor stage with the appearance of a full PowerPoint presentation on the device found on Microsoft's own web site. For those who just want the highlights, here are the specifications and feature list: Specifications: * ...

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    For several years now, we've been able to give adequate presentations, directly to a projector, using a Pocket PC and some add-on hardware/software. One issue with doing that was that the Pocket PC was ultra-portable, but projectors were notoriously not so. Enter the Mitsubishi "Pocket DLP Projector." This data projector makes use of the very-new high-intensity LEDs and a Digital Light Processor (DLP) to pack a full SVGA projector into a 450g and 123x47x97mm box. It truly is a pocket projector and the perfect companion to a presentation-able Pocket PC. Get some Screen Goo and you're ready ...

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    In the 1970s, David Clark led the developement of the current Internet. The Internet was at the forefront of technology then, but that was over 30 years ago. Clark believes that the he problem with today's internet is that its 30-year-old design is now stifling further growth. In order to produce new applications with the impact of the world wide web, e-commerce, and file sharing, and to truly eliminate the banes of current Internet use, there will need to be significant structural changes. Clark belives the best way to do that is to start over. "Look at phishing and spam, and zombies, and ...

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    INTRODUCTION     The little stick or track-pad on your laptop is fine for a few quick operations, but using them for very long tends to wear out your finger.  To avoid repetitive stress injuries, it is a good idea to use a mouse instead.  However, wired mice have cords that need to be connected and disconnected which get in the way when you are using them.  Wireless mice usually have a separate driver that needs to be installed.  If your laptop supports Bluetooth, the simplest, quickest solution is to use a Bluetooth mouse, such as the BT510. WHAT'S HOT ...

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    Months after version 3.2 was released for other platforms Access, Inc has released NetFront, version 3.2 for Pocket PCs. The new version has a host of new features. Here are some of the best: * Support for WM2003SE * Flash animation support and better Java support * Rapid Renderer displays the most important elements of web sites first and downloads the remainder as you read * Internet Search bar for Google, Yahoo, etc. Tap the link above for more details. Users of version 3.1 can upgrade to version 3.2 at a discounted price.

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    INTRODUCTION     Many of the latest Pocket PCs come with both WiFi and Bluetooth wireless functionality.  In order to have the greatest flexibility connecting to your desktop or laptop system, you would like to have both Bluetooth and WiFi functionality there too.  Up until now, that always involved adding two adapters to the desktop.  Furthermore, even if you were only adding a single adapter, WiFi and Bluetooth use the same frequencies.  You can not count on the two functioning together without interference.  Those issues drove suncore to develop ...

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    INTRODUCTION One of the things that drives portable computing enthusiasts is the ability to "take it with you."  We like the idea that you can carry a lot of functionality in a small amout of space.  That same focus is what drove Roadwired to develop the Podzilla case. WHAT'S HOT The Podzilla is Roadwired's larger cousin of the already famous <a href="http://www.roadwired.com/store/product.cfm?productid=57">Pod case. Whereas the Pod is perfect for carrying a Pocket PC and all of the associated accessories, the Podzilla will allow you to carry larger personal electronics or cameras ...

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    Updated: Currently, the greatest level of security that many Pocket PCs can use with a WiFi network is Wireless Equivalency Protocol (WEP). A few vendors have brought out updates to WM2003 which support WPA and Microsoft added built-in support in WM2003, Second Edition. With Windows Mobile 2005, Microsoft has improved the built-in support for WiFi Protected Access (WPA). WPA is a stronger, more secure standard. Support for WPA will allow connecting Pocket PCs to WiFi networks while maintaining the best-available security. In addition to WPA support, Microsoft has also greatly improved the ...

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    The new Windows Mobile 2005 operating system offers a number of new features and enhancements of existing features. One of the new features is integrated Voice Command. Voice Command software, allowing the user to control applications with spoken words or phrases, has existed before WM2005, but, for the first time Microsoft is integrating voice command right into the operating system. Integrating voice command at that level means that any program can easily implement voice commands, through a standard interface, without significant additional programming. Rather than being a ...

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    Many folks probably think the PDA began with the release of the first Palm Pilot. Other folks may think it began with the Apple Newton. Evan Koblentz, editor of Computer Collector Newsletter posted a very complete history of the milestones in the development of the Personal Digital Assistant. Koblentz' article also gives a short definition of what constitutes a PDA: It has to be digital, palm-sized, function independently, and have a non-appliance, non-mathematical application set. The article shows a rich series of devices dating all the way back to the early 1970s. His definition helps ...

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    Palm's new LiveDrive sports a 4GB hard disk drive, a 320x480 screen, and 64MB RAM with all that, Mobile Pipeline says, in it's review, that the LiveDrive "redefines the PDA." Well, not quite. It's true that the LiveDrive will be the first PDA with a built-in hard drive, heavy-data Pocket PC users have been adding Compact Flash hard drives to their PPCs for a few years now. With a little extra cash, you can even add a 4GB or 6GB (or, with a lot of extra cash, a 12GB) solid state Compact Flash Memory card. The 320x480 screen is a step in the right direction, but it's still half the screen ...

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    HP recently released an updated ROM image for hx4700 and hx4705 iPAQs. The new ROM image is version 1.10. As with all ROM updates, this update will completely clear all memory and the File Store of your iPAQ. Before doing the upgrade, you will need to synchronize your iPAQ with Outlook in order to retain Contacts, Tasks, Appointments, and synchronized e-mail. After the update, you will have to reinstall any software you've added to the machine. You can not restore a backup done before the update as that will also restore Registry settings and other items that will corrupt the update. The ...

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    As Dave Berry would say "I am not making this up." Engaget is reporting that San Diego-based Nethercomm Corp. will soon be offering what is certainly the most novel broadband suppy source in quite some time. Nethercomm uses "the private spectrum isolated within natural gas pipelines" to supply 10-Gigabit broadband. "Broadband in Gas" (BiG) pumps broadband from existing local hubs, through the gas lines, and into homes where it can be accessed via a standard cable-modem. BiG most likely uses a process similar to ethernet over power lines, where the network signals are placed on a carrier ...

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    The Windows Mobile 2005 offers a number of new features and enhancements of existing features. Some of these will be very obvious to the user, others will not... unless you need them. Among the later is the added support for the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) Profile. Currently, "human interface devices" such as Bluetooth mice and keyboards are all implemented using the Bluetooth Serial Port profile and an additional driver to handle the device specifics. This has two potential problems: First, many Bluetooth implementations only support one outgoing and one ingoing Bluetooth ...

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    With the announcement of Windows Mobile 2005, many users have contacted their cellular service providers to enquire as to whether their Smartphones will be upgradable to the new operating system. The most common response is a resounding silence. After that, the response has not been encouraging. Jason Dunn of Smartphone Thoughts contacted Orange about a WM2005 update. the company's response made no mention of updates, only new handsets with WM2005 being available within a few months. Sierra WIreless was even more forthcoming concerning their VOQ phone. The company has no plans to offer an ...

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    A number of applications have have been update with Windows Mobile 2005 and a brand new one has been added: Mobile PowerPoint finally brings standard PowerPoint support to the Pocket PC. As with the "Pocket Office" applications that have been a part of Pocket PC since the beginning, Mobile PowerPoint is nowhere near as functional as its desktop counterpart. In fact, Mobile PowerPoint is essentially just a "viewer." It allows you to display PowerPoint presentations on your Pocket PC in portrait and landscape view. You can also choose to show presentations with or without transitions, ...

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    Brief listings of the new and enhanced features of Windows Mobile 2005 have appeared in most Pocket PC sites. In this series of posts, we'll highlight some important specifics. This post is about the new support for DirectX rendering built into WM2005. Prior to WM2005, there was a simple API for taking button-press information directly from the hardware, but no standard way of working with the display. Game developers had to create software that would write directly to the screen hardware. Those routines could be different with each set of screen hardware. That all changes with WM2005. ...

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    With the official release of Windows Mobile 2005 to the OEMs, the upgraded feature list is now public knowledge. This list is extensive and some of the items deserve highlighting in their own right. The first enhanced feature of WM2005 I'd like to call your attention to is the new database and API for "Secondary Displays." This is primarily a feature for Smartphones. Browse through mose cellular offerings and you'll see a number of phones that have a small auxiliary display that shows information before you flip the cover open. By specifying the API, Microsoft is assuring that software can ...

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    The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) is in the process of finalizing a new standard for external displays that incorporates both video and audio in a thin cable. The "DisplayPort" standard could accelerate the development of handhelds and other small devices with audio/video output as the connection and cabling is much smaller than the DVI or VGA connectors and cables. DisplayPort also incorporates some aspects of "trusted computing." In this case, "trusted computing" refers to components that will only allow content to be transferred to them if it passes a Digital Rights ...

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    Hilary Rosen, who spent 17 years as head of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and who spent much of that time pushing Digital Rights Management (DRM) has just written a piece for the Huffington Post complaining about the DRM Apple attempts to enforce by tying the iPod to iTunes. All comments of hypocrasy aside (I'll save that for the last sentance), her piece raises some valid points about the shortcomings of DRM, especially across platforms. These are shortcomings which Pocket PC users are often painfully aware of, through experience with e-book readers and media ...

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    INTRODUCTION     Many Pocket PCs are coming with Bluetooth built-in these days and, if it is not built-in, it is not hard to add with an SDIO or CF card.  If you have Bluetooth on your Pocket PC, you probably will want to use it as a wireless means of connecting with your desktop or laptop.  Unlike Pocket PCs, most desktops do not come with Bluetooth built-in and neither do many laptops.  The easiest solution is to add a small device that plugs into an open USB port -- a USB Bluetooth Adapter.     All USB Bluetooth adapters are not equal ...

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    According to an msmobiles.com article, users of both Macintosh and Pocket PCs who have been using Missing Sync to sync the two will get a rude surprise when they upgrade to Mac OS X Tiger: Changes that Apple has made to the operating system cause incompatibility issues with Missing Sync. This in spite of the fact that Missing Sync was the first Apple-approved plugin designed to work with iSync. Mark/Space Software is currently at work on an upgrade to Missing Sync that will work with OS X Tiger. The upgrade will cost $19.95.

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