Pune, India, May 30, 2001: Ruksun Software Technologies, a leading developer of Internet and connectivity applications for mobile computing devices, announced today the release of PPT Force, a PowerPoint Editor for Windows CE powered devices. PPT Force allows users to create PowerPoint presentations, save them and modify them on their Windows CE devices. Users can create and edit the presentation look, have multiple working “views” including the Slide view, as well as create images with basic drawing shapes like line, ellipse and rectangle. Currently available for the HPC [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Siemens to market web pad based on Windows CE 3.0, with a pretty interesting list of features. Computer User News is reporting that Siemens has unveiled their version of a web pad today. Interestingly enough, I could find nothing official about this unveiling, but based on it’s own specs, it’s definately going to cause a stir. For the complete story, go to the Computer User News article. Here’s a few specs to whet your interest:Weighs around 2 pounds 4 hour battery life Business and personal [...]
Available for download now for all Pocket PC owners, from the TomTom website, is the award winning Route Planner for the United States of America. This new version will allow people to have just the maps or group of maps they really need on their device. Therefore taking up only minimal memory. Route Planner Millennium allows users to plan the most complex routes and display road maps for American states on their Pocket PC device. It shows the major road networks on many different scales, and gives the best way to get from town to town. A table of directions is provided as well as a [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Cross-platform software developer jumps into Asian market. ActiveSky announced a new office in Tokyo, Japan. The office is in addition to those in the USA, Australia, and Europe. Japan is widely considered to be further ahead of the US in implementing a 3G wireless network. ActiveSky sees potential in the Asian market. Recently, Compaq announced the availability of it’s popular iPAQ Pocket PC in Japan, which will include the Beatnik player. It’s generally a good idea to keep an idea on Japan and other Asian technical [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor New version incorporates improved performance and features. How can you make something that’s already the best, better? It’s pretty when you’re the only one in the market. However, Arc Second isn’t letting that get to them, they just keep doing their job. With the release of Pocket CAD 4.0, engineers, architects, and other people who wish to create, view, and edit DWG and DXF files get a power software application. New features include improved performance and compression, support for thierd party applications, [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Microsoft announces a preview of a wireless portal developed specifically for the Pocket PC, as well as the availability of a new Media Player for Pocket PC. The Windows Media Player 7.1 for Pocket PC is available now. The player supports streaming, local playback, and Video 8 codecs. “Consumers and professionals on the go can now stay wirelessly connected to the latest news, Internet radio, movie trailers, music and more directly on their Pocket PC with WindowsMedia.com Mobile. Using a wireless modem or network card together with the [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Pocket PC reached sales of 1 million units before it’s first birthday. In recent months, the PDA industry has exploded with growth and most significantly with increased sales of Pocket PC devices. According to NPD Intelect, Pocket PC sales are currently more than 26 percent of devices $350 and up, and that number continues to rise. “Good color screens and back-office integration have enabled the Pocket PC to make some significant inroads during the past year, in particular with its offerings for corporate customers,” said [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Intel and Microsoft partner to support Windows Media in the XScale chip architecture. Windows Media Audio and Video 8 will use Intel’s special set of commands for the XScale ship, called Intel Performance Primitives (IPP). The pre-written commands contain such functions as math, image, speech, video and audio processing. Applications which use these commands will obtain increased performance, and better battery life, as the processor will take less time to execute the functions. Microsoft will also customize Media Player 8 to use [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor IBM expects new technology to allow data storage densities to exceed current limits by more than 500%. Some industry analysts had suggested that the physical limit for hard drive storage would soon reach a maximum density. However, IBM seems to be leading the way to prove that theory wrong, at least for now. Currently, hard drives can store about 20GB per square inch. That is, except for IBM’s Travestar drives, which can store 25.7 GB/square inch. The drives use a technology called antiferromagnetically-coupled (AFC) media, which [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Synergy Solutions will begin developing it’s software for the Pocket PC OS. Pocket Power Point? Not exactly, but a little closer. Synergy Solutions, which currently sells software for the Palm OS, has announced they are developing software for Pocket PCs, too. Next quarter, they will release Slideshow Commander, a presentation application, for Pocket PC. The software will allow users to view, control, and even annotate the presentation from their handheld device. Currently, Synergy Solutions offers the Slideshow Commander [...]
The full version of RocketElite for the iPAQ is complete and available for purchase at www.RocketElite.com The game includes 44 levels: 36 single player campaign levels with an additional 8 levels that are unlockable by completing the game on various difficulties. Additional levels and campaigns can be downloaded or created by the player. Features: * Blistering performance! The game peaks at over 100 frames per second on a standard iPAQ without overclocking. All the sound and graphics code for this game, as well as the game engine itself, were created from scratch and optimized for [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Chinese handheld manufacturer to develop Pocket PC to be marketed in China. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they have partnered with High Tech Wealth (HTW) to create a PDA based on the Pocket PC operating system. HTW is the leading PIM maufacturer in China, with more than 60% of the market share. The device will allow significant advances in wireless Internet access, email, PIM funcations, and multimedia applications. The HTW folks are excited, too: “We feel it is a great combination–the leading software company in the [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Take 1: Film Makers at the Cannes Film Festival Are Using Pocket PCs to Share Their Creations. Compaq today announced that InternetStudios, a media distribution and rights management company, is supplying film makers at the Cannes Film Festival to share their films with other attendees. Accompanying the Cannes Film Festival is an annual 10-day gathering of video industry professionals, called the Cannes Market, where professionals register and conduct business. InternetStudios and Compaq are supplying the iPAQ Pocket PCs for the [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor MSN to provide services for Handspring’s Blazer browser. In the past, Microsoft has been criticized for holding monolithic power over the computing industry, with media, software, Internet access, and even hardware holdings. Some critics cited Microsoft’s MSNBC and MNS portals as catering specifically to Microsoft retail products, and those products (software and hardware) in turn generating traffic for the media assets. In what could be perceived as a bold move on Microsoft’s part, MNS has agreed to provide news, [...]
The First software package to be certified on both Windows 2000 and Mac OS X covers an important base by adding Pocket PC compatability. FileMaker is a leading database software manager, providing server and client support accross several platforms. The program is used to help workers share data seamlessly, closely integrating with Microsoft Office. The Palm OS software debuted in December of 2000, and shipped over 30,000 units. FileMaker expects the Pocket PC version to be available in the first half of 2002. FileMaker will also support the i-mode standard in Japan, used for [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Wireless provider adds new content, device support, and retail chain partners. Today, OmniSky pushed forward with a press release detailing their unwavering support for the HP Jornada 500 series Pocket PCs, specifically the new 525. Users wishing to subscribe to the service must have a Minstrel wireless modem for the Jornada series, which is available from Omnisky. Additionally, potential users can acquire the modem from CompUSA and Office Depot retailers. Included with the modem is a CD containingstep-by-step instructions for subscribing [...]
After a great deal of anticipation, the Mark is ready (almost). pocketnow discussion forum users have been told that the official release date was early May, but after no news, a few users got testy. Sunny from Flux wrote back and informed the community that the product was almost ready for release, and it would cost between $25 and $29. Stay tuned to the discussion forum for the latest details, but until then, check out a few screen shots from the game at PocketPC-Spiele.
Pricing and release dates for a piece of hardware that will change the industry.
Accessing content via a wireless 802.11b network and a Pocket PC was something only iPAQ Pocket PCs could do. Until now.
More details about an industry-first are available from Symbol’s website.
Got a super fast connection and nothing to do? Watch a movie. SightSound announces movie distribution for iPAQ Pocket PCs.
Putting your packages on a plane to your relatives used to be a heart-wrenching experience. Now, thankfully, you can keep track of them wireless ly from your handheld through Omnisky and UPS.