Mr. Rogers wasn’t only an outlet for me when I came home from preschool everyday and had nothing to do he taught me that I was special and unique. He had a certain warmness to the way he spoke, almost as if he was our true friend in the neighborhood, and we could always count on him to be there everyday. His show always began with a song that we all can recognize as being his own: “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood .I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you .I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you .So, let’s make [...]
Source: Yahoo news
Intel and Dell strongly recommend against using software to increase the clock speed on Pocket PCs. Overclocking causes greater power drain and greater heat generation. The later can, in some cases, actually damage the processor and/or surrounding circuitry. If your device breaks while using over-clocking software, both Dell and Intel say the warranty is void.
Software writers also warn users, but only not to go too far. For instance, Anton Tomov, the writer of HackMaster, notes that you could over-clock a PX250 all the way to 600MHz but that it [...]
When Pocket PCs first hit the market, they were the “only game in town” when it came to working with Office documents. The fact that Pocket Office stripped out anything it couldn’t deal with was significant, but endurable. Since that time, only a few programmers have taken on “a better Pocket Office than Pocket Office” while Palm OS solutions have multiplied in the absence of any built-in competition.
Should Microsoft respond by doing a major upgrade to Pocket Office? Should it charge for such an upgrade? Should it [...]
Source: Toshiba manuals released for FCC approval with appreciation to Pocket PC Tools for the information.
Toshiba appears to be on the cusp of updating its e740 Pocket PC. The upcoming e750 Pocket PC has the same form-factor as the e740, but with significant advances.
The following specifications are true for both the BlueTooth and WiFi versions of the e750:
– Intel PXA 255 processor running at 400MHz – 180g – 125x80x16mm size – 1050 mAh Li-Ion battery – built-in WiFi or built-in BlueTooth – Sharp 3.8″, [...]
Wistron, the company that produces the Axim for Dell and other Pocket PCs for China’s Legend, will be making a wireless-enabled Pocket PC for release in the near future. Legend also intends to produce Palm OS hand-helds before the end of this quarter.
Source: the Gadgeteer
Julie Strietelmeier has written an in-depth review of the HP 1910 Pocket PC. She finds the battery lifespan a bit on the low side but is impressed with the price and the screen.
Click on the “source” link above for the review.
Source: BenQ news
Benq is slated to release an add-on gamepad for iPAQ 38/38/5400 Pocket PCs in the first quarter of 2003. The BenQ GamePad comes with directional controls and six functional buttons can be used to play all kinds of video games. The flexible design (using the same carrier as the current iPAQ Mini Keyboard) allows it to be used with or without the iPaq expansion pack. The BenQ G250 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.95.
“The PCMCIA technology association has today announced the ‘NEWCARD’ format. This new format makes use of PC Card, PCI Express and USB 2.0 technologies. The NEWCARD format is also aimed at both Mobile and Desktop PCs. By drawing upon USB 2.0 and PCI Express, the NEWCARD specification will bring serial bus technology to a smaller form factor that offers more performance and improved ease of use. This new specification will revolutionize how PC developers and OEMs utilize the expansion slot for next-generation features such as wireless networking, storage and [...]
Source: HP iPAQ downloads
As promised, HP has released a revision of the 1.1 version of the ROM for 395x iPAQs which keeps the clock speed intact at 400MHz. HP had released a RAM-based patch to restore the clock speed which will no longer be necessary after installing the 1.11 ROM image.
Click on the “source” link above to download the ROM update. This update utility will erase the partnership and all user data and programs on your iPAQ Pocket PC. Be sure to off-load any files you’ll want to keep and allow time to reinstall your software when the [...]
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Registered owners of TextMaker for Pocket PCs have received an e-mail directing them to a download of version 2 of SoftMaker’s word processor. The new version improves what is already the strongest word processing program for the Pocket PC and follows similar improvements on the Handheld PC edition. Enhancements include:
* Export to Microsoft Word 97, 2000 and XP (not only to Word 6) * Improved import from Microsoft Word for Windows * Faster screen redraw * Imported documents retain their file type when saving * Improved import and export of [...]
Sources: the Inquirer and PC World
Although a few recent hand-helds were released with Intel’s StrongARM processor, the great majority contain Intel’s newer XScale chip. The XScale processors greater speed and better power performance are the reasons why. With that in mind, Intel recently announced that the will only be accepting orders for StrongARM processors for the next six months. After those orders are filled, the product will no longer be produced.
Of the hand-helds that don’t use the XScale processor, a number use Texas Instruments OMAP [...]
The Pod from RoadWired
is a carrying case for PDA’s, Digital Cameras, or
any other gadget under the sun, as long as it is relatively
small; I’ll get into that later.Meet
RoadWired’s The Pod
The Pod consists of a main compartment and 3 other
DigiTimes reports that Toshiba has contracted with Compal Electronics to produce the e350 Pocket PC. The e350 will feature an Intel 300MHz PXA 250 processor, 64MB SDRAM and a transflective TFT LCD panel. This model is intended to compete directly with HP and Dell models which have a slightly higher price tag.
Source: HP iPAQ Support
As reported earlier, the recent ROM upgrade to the iPAQ 395x Pocket PCs slowed the clock down from 400MHz to 300MHz. HP acknowledged the issue and has just released a fix to restore the 400MHz clock speed while retaining the advantages of the ROM upgrade.
This fix is a patch which is loaded into RAM. It will be lost if a hard-reset is performed. A new ROM release will be available soon which will permanently restore the 400MHz clock speed so users who have already restored the 400MHz speed via XScale clock setting software may wish to simply [...]
Source: Mobile Planet
One of the best products for the HP Jornada 560 series was a keyboard which fit like it belonged on the hand-held. Conversely, former iPAQ slide-on keyboards have been, well, less than svelte. It was hoped, when HP bought Compaq, that some of the better design features would transfer to the iPAQ line. This product appears to comfirm that hope.
The new iPAQ keyboard is small and fits seamlessly and securely to your iPAQ Pocket PC with or without an Expansion Pack attached. It is designed to be able to include the cover from the cover [...]
Source: ZDNet AnchorDesk
When it came to deciding which hand-held he would carry with him, David Coursey of ZDNet’s AnchorDesk chose a Pocket PC. In his editorial for Wednesday, February 12, 2003, he give some of his reasons, but also allows that that the Palm platform seems more pervasive.
Source: Microsoft SPOT
This new technology is essentially based on the principle of a smart watch, one that can send email, show weather conditions and forecasts, stock quotes, etc, all wirelessly from your wrist.
This device seems very similar to the Palm powered watch from Fossil. The below is also an offering from Fossil for SPOT technology.
I don’t see this technology as being a success, merely for the reason of lack of technology. By the time these are sold retail, they will have to content with the new breed of SmartPhones…with color [...]
Source: RATOC Systems
Features * USB 1.1 Host downstream port to your PDA. * Only USB Host Adapter CF card in the world * Can attach bar code scanners, magnetic stripe card readers, keypads or other USB HID devices. * Supports USB Flash Memory reader/writers, USB Flash Memory sticks, Zip, Mo and other removable storage devices. * Easy installion, full compatibility with Windows Microsoft ActiveSync. * 100mA USB Bus-Power is available at the USB port (dosen’t require AC adapters for Low-Power USB devices such as Keypads, Flash Memory reader/writers, Bar code [...]
Source: Landware Pocket Quicken PPC pages
For users of Pocket PCs who want to manage their personal finances, there have only been two options: Pocket Money by Microsoft, with it’s synchronizing quirks, or third-party options that only sync one set of transactions at a time using .QIF formats.
For over two years, Landmark, the makers of Pocket Quicken for Palm OS have been promising a Pocket PC version of that software, but without any estimated release date. That recently changed with Landmarks posting that the Pocket PC version of Pocket Quicken will be [...]
Source: WSJ Archives]
When Pocket PCs first appeared on of the important selling points was built-in support for Word and Excel documents. Pocket PC users found they got a sub-set of the desktop Office features in the Pocket versions, but some support was far better than none at all. Since that time, some third-party applications were written for Palm OS which supported viewing and eventually editing of Office documents on a Palm handheld. Documents to Go by DataViz was so good in fact that Palm and other Palm OS manufacturers decided to include it with their [...]
Source: SoftMaker e-mail news release
An updated version of TextMaker for Handheld PCs (Windows CE devices with keyboards) has been released. It offers significant enhancements:
* Export to Microsoft Word 6.0, 95, 97, 2000 and XP * Improved import of Microsoft Word documents * New import and export filters for HTML 4.0 * Drastically faster screen redraw * Significantly faster program launch (on par with Pocket PCs) * “Microsoft Word” can be selected as your default file format * Additional new features and bug fixes * English-language Windows help file [...]
Source: IT World
It’s been very quiet on the MIPS processor front since Microsoft set the specifications for Pocket PC 2002 for only ARM processors. But, even though there won’t be MIPS-powered Pocket PCs, there will be MIPS processors in other Windows-Powered embedded applications. The Microsoft/MIPS alliance is looking at designs for digital televisions, digital set-top boxes and other consumer entertainment devices featuring MIPS processors running Windows CE.NET. As part of the alliance, Microsoft will work to optimize Windows CE .Net for the MIPS processor [...]