By Elad Yakobowicz, News Editor Introduction There is no doubt that Microsoft has been putting a lot of money into the handheld community. However, I think we all must admit that they have not presented us with too many games now have they? The answer is no. Where do all these games come from? Well, Microsoft took the easy way out on that one. Microsoft released eMbedded Visual Tools, Visual Basic and C++ development tools for the Pocket PC. However, Microsoft put a little twist on the scenario. They offer the development tools for free! That is a BIG difference from the development [...]
By Elad Yakobowicz, News Editor It appears that WIDCOMM, a leader in Bluetooth networking, and Philips Components, a subdivision of Royal Philips Electronics, have developed the first commercially available Bluetooth CompactFlash card module for Windows CE devices. The module is supposed to allow OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to most devices running Microsoft’s handheld OS. This announcement is a big leap in wireless connectivity solutions and the goal of Bluetooth. Engelbert van Pelt, General Manager of Philips’ Wireless Connectivity Group states: Building on [...]
By Elad Yakobowicz, News Editor Pumatech announced that it will be stretching out its Intellisync hand towards Sharp and their new PDA. The next-generation PDA from Sharp Corporation offers the enterprise market the best way to connect to their most essential information while away from their desk, yet it is versatile enough to satisfy the personal needs of today’s busy mobile lifestyle. The Sharp PDA offers a broad range of native business, personal productivity, and entertainment applications, and can easily be enhanced to adapt to each customer’s changing needs through [...]
The 2001 editions of The Michelin Red Guide for France and Europe, the renowned selection of hotels and restaurants, are now available for all popular Personal Digital Assistants (PDA). Those two new products developed jointly by Palmtop Software, are particularly well suited to PDA users allowing them instant access to information when they need it most… on the move. The famous Michelin stars on your Palm, Psion or PocketPC device… The 2001 versions of The Michelin Red Guide for France and The Red Guide for Europe have been developed by Palmtop Software working together [...]
By Elad Yakobowicz, Contributing Editor “Casio Taps BSQUARE’s Expertise in Software Development for Windows CE Platforms” June 25, 2001- Casio has anounced at the PC Expo taking place in New York that it will be teaming up with BSQUARE to help independent software vendors develop programs and applications for Casio’s new Cassiopeia Pocket Manager BE-300. BSQUARE will now be in charge of Casio’s software developer program and will be working on the necessary Software Development Kit (SDK) required to use Microsoft’s eMbedded Visual Tools in order [...]
Insignia Solutions announced today the immediate availability of Java technology for Compaq Computer’s iPAQ Pocket PC handheld devices. iPAQ customers can now add Insignia’s JeodeRuntime environment to their Pocket PCs, initially via a simple, inexpensive online transaction. Compaq’s Windows Pocket PC-based iPAQ devices are extremely popular in the market, with more and more units shipping each month. Compaq is the first Pocket PC provider to offer “Sun Authorized Virtual Machine” technology in its devices – building on its innovation of last year [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor
Despite fewer unit sales, Compaq appears to be taking the lead in sales revenue.
In Q3 2001, the market is reliably doing the unpredictable.
Palm, by far and for the longest time the handheld leader, received less-than-top spot in a Gartner market analisys. While Palm will ship approximately 700,000 units in Q3, the profit margins will be small, because of the average of $209, according to estimates. Compaq, on the other hand will ship as many as 500,000 units, but with a much higher profit, caused mostly by it’s [...]
SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, is pleased to announce the newest version of mEnable, the company’s software architecture for real-time wireless access to enterprise data. mEnable has added enhanced support for Microsoft’s eMbedded Visual Basic development platform to allow wireless access to server data. With mEnable, Visual Basic programmers can quickly enhance their Pocket PC and Windows CE applications to provide mobile users with interactive access to server databases. mEnable version 1.2 allows any [...]
Pune, India, June 13th, 2001: Ruksun Software Technologies, a key player in the development of wireless applications, today announced their partnership with Odigo, the leading provider of Instant Messaging (IM) and Presence solutions, to develop Odigo client applications for mobile devices. Odigo’s product offerings include an Instant Messaging Server Platform, which enables interoperable, robust and intuitive Instant Messaging, as well as client implementations, currently available for the Windows and Mac platforms as well as Java, WAP and SMS devices. The alliance with Ruksun [...]
(From Henry Kong) One of the most interesting new software that I am privileged to take through its paces is Photogenics by Paul Nolan. As I explore the many features, I am totally overwhelmed by its seemingly limitless possiblities. You can use it to create images as well modify existing pictures or capturing ’em on your PPC. It is the first delayed screen capture for PPC that can be user-adjusted up to 30 seconds. The way I see it, Photogenics greatest strength is in manipulation and re-touching, tweaking every picture and photo to your heart’s content. For the [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Due to unforseen sickness, I have not been able to post anything over the past week. I regret not being able to keep pocketnow.com updated, and hope that this will not happen again. We are working to create a backup plan in case of future instances. Please be assured that we are committed to being a reliable, useful news source for everything related to the Pocked PC industry.
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Microsoft Reader for Pocket PCs has garnered new competition. Let’s face it. Computers are square, any way you cut it. No, I don’t mean physically cubed, I mean they’re made up of squares. Even a circle you see on your display is created from varying shades of squares in order to trick your eyes into seeing a circle. Actually, recent operating systems represent significant advances toward resolutions worthy of a good look. In Windows 2000 and ME, Microsoft has included a technology known as Clear-Type, which aliases [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor An interesting article defining the challenges facing Microsoft as they enter a new market. Cool. Real cool. OK, I’ll explain. TechWeb has a good read about the need for more advanced software to control robots and other manufacturing machines, as well as the need for Microsoft to customize their software to fill the demands presented. Oh, one more thing. It may involve Windows CE.
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Want to increase the resolution on your Pocket PC? We’ve seen software that imitates VGA (640×480) resolution on our pocket PCs. How would you like a PDA with that resolution? Physically! Here’s a link to a mouth-watering article with some pretty solid facts. Hunet, a Japanese manufacturer, says that they may as well be making 3.5″ displays at full VGA-resolutions. To accomplish this, they are pushing forward with a new technology called field-sequential displays, which are touted as cheaper and easier to [...]
***IMPORTANT NOTICE: CHANGE OF DATE FOR THE NYC POCKET PC FANFEST**** Last fall around 200 people registered and attended the New Your City FanFest, and this is pretty typical for the ones we have been doing all over the country as part of the Mobile Experience Tour. However, over the past few weeks we have been watching the FanFest registration for New Your City grow, and grow and grow – to over 650 at last count! This has forced us to find a new location. We have found a great place at The Supper Club but we are going to have to change the date from Thursday 6/28 to Wednesday [...]