What’s hot is the ability to carry a bunch of your gear without looking too much like a geek while also having a nice-looking piece of outerwear that works. I especially like the deep pockets, for dealing with monster PDAs, like my HP iPaq 5550.SETUP
There is no setup for the Scott eVest I received. I took it out of its shipping bag and put it on – presto! Understanding how all the different pockets and velcro worked took some [...]
MultiIE 2.0 was a great product. You could open multiple pages in Pocket Internet Explorer, do full-screen browsing, and more. Unfortunately, it didn’t work with Windows Mobile 2003.
Well, the new MultiIE 3.0 is out, and it rocks! Here’s a list of the new features (click the Source link for a list of all features):
* Open windows in background * Tabbed window toolbar (tabbed browsing!) * Page loading status on window list/tabs * Page loaded sound / go to window * Enhanced GO button menu (Use address text for web searches, etc) * Quick URL builder [...]
If you’ve been waiting for a MicroDrive larger than 1 GB, maybe you’d be interested in the Magicstor CF drives. They have versions in 2.2 GB, 2.4 GB and 4.8 GB sizes.
I’ve read that the power requirements of these drives may not be suitable for PDAs, but only for digital cameras. However, the company’s Web site (click the Source link) claims compatibility with several Pocket PCs. With the price of the 2.2 GB drive as low as $230, maybe it’s worth trying.
Has anybody used one of these? Would you prefer these to Flash CF memory at this [...]
This new Pocket PC takes the conventional design paradigm to a new level featuring increased ergonomics, software integration, and significant built-in wireless capabilities.HARDWARE
The most noticeable difference of the UDA is it’s asymmetrical design and ChromaFlair paint job. The ChromaFlair paint uses an ultra-thin interference flake that reflects the light variances through [...]
The web page is already up on T-Mobile’s site, saying that T-Mobile customers will soon be able to update their T-Mobile Pocket PC, Phone Edition devices to the 2003 Operating System. Aside from the more robust networking capabilities and more efficient use of memory in the 2003 OS, the T-Mobile update includes the following features:
Always On – Always On enables real-time, over-the-air access to new e-mail, calendar appointments, or contacts from MS Exchange 2003 Server.
Viewers – View and edit documents in Microsoft Pocket Word and Excel. – [...]
There will be a presentation today at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference that will discuss “…hardware innovations in screen resolutions, orientations, and related capabilities and development tools.”
It is speculated that Smartphones will support 240×320, up from the current 176×220. Also, the Toshiba e800 may not be alone, as Pocket PCs will support 640×480. The Source link gives even more information.
I hope that developing software for Pocket PCs won’t get significantly more complicated if the developer can’t [...]
“Start-up Antelope Technologies plans to release next month a Windows XP computer that fits into a person’s hand. The Highlands Ranch, Colo.-based company plans to start selling the PC, dubbed the Modular Computing Core (MCC), starting Nov. 7, said Marya Kokaska, a company representative. Antelope’s computer contains a 1GHz Crusoe processor from Transmeta, 256MB of memory, and a 10GB or 15GB hard drive. It weighs 9.1 ounces. ”
I can’t tell if this is running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition or what, but who can read the screen at that size? Maybe [...]
Samsung’s new Napster music player is designed to compete directly with Apple’s iPOD. It’s got a 20Gb hard drive, FM radio reciever and transmitter, remote control, and line-in direct audio encoding! Of course it also fully integrates with the Napster 2.0 service and supports both MP3 and WMA playback.
This actually happened: We were at lunch with a group of friends and they were discussing some of the latest movies. Two of our friends said they’d really like to go see "Secondhand Lions." They had some free time and were wondering when it was playing that afternoon. I pulled out my iPAQ, tapped it a few times, and could tell them when and where right away thanks to Journal Bar. I [...]
At a where it looked like HP was the only OEM innovating in the Pocket PC world, Toshiba came through with a new first: Toshiba’s new e800 Pocket PC is capable of displaying a full 480×640 (VGA) resolution on it’s 4 inch screen. Toshiba has also announced the e400 Pocket PC, clearly aimed at the ultra-portable market now blanketed by HP’s 1900 series Pocket PCs. Specifications and pictures of the two new Toshibas follows.
First off, the price for Rainy Colors (at $9.95) is a steal. The graphics are not only intense (not to mention colorful), but they don’t distract from the gameplay.SETUP
For my install, I chose to store the game on my 512Mb CF running on my HP iPaq 2215 with XCPUScaler.PROGRAM FEATURES
First, let’s review the list of features (copied verbatim) that Trifaces [...]
NEC and ARM have announced that they are entering into a long-term collaboration to create new multiprocessor-based cores for mobile devices and other multimedia applications. The collaboration combines technologies from both companies and bring full-scale parallel processing to the hand-held world. Some Pocket PCs are already using multiple processors where one processor is primarily for graphics accelleration. The now-discontinued HP Jornada combined an ARM and TI OMAP processor to facilitate wireless connectivity. The NEC/ARM collaboration would combine multiple processor cores [...]
Asus has released the A620BT, a version of their A620 with Bluetooth. Benchmarks show it to be very fast, and it includes a Compact Flash slot in a small package.
The source link is a review of the A620BT. The Register liked the display and size, but didn’t like the non-removable battery and the software bundle. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the discussion.
Palm’s CEO, Eric Benhamou may think that Palm will be taking market share away from Pocket PC, but the trend seems to be just the opposite. Some weeks ago, we reported that HP’s sales had exceeded Palm’s in Australia. That was based on the number of units sold as well as the total dollar amount. Now, a similar event is happening in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
The number of devices HP has shipped to EMEA exceeds Palm by 8% for the third quarter of 2003. Shipments don’t exactly translate to sales, but shipments are in response to demand.
LG Electronics has shown a new Pocket PC camera phone with a 1.1 megapixel camera and a slide-down keypad.
This phone is packed, with an Intel 400 MHz XScale processor, 192 MB memory (128 MB exclusively for multimedia), an 18-bit color display, a memory card slot, and the aforementioned slide-down keypad and 1.1 megapixel CCD (not CMOS) camera. It appears to be running a Korean version of Windows Mobile 2003 Phone Edition, but I’m not sure.
This looks really cool. I prefer clamshell phones to candy bar phones, but this is one converged device that I might go [...]
A graphical representation of all your contacts in a nice intuitive interface. Photo Caller-ID feature, either full screen or small picture mode, which is really nice, the incoming phone call pops up in a dialog box similar to how MSN Messenger does when someone types an IM. Easily dial contacts with a simple double-tap.SETUP
Setup is as effortless as any other application, no problems there. There are no activesync [...]
The new Napster Music Service to debut Oct 29th will be powered by Windows Media 9. The service will integrate with both Windows Media Player 9 and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004.
“Napster 2.0 will be accessible via the Premium Services tab in Windows Media Player 9 Series, which provides users with the ability to seamlessly manage and enjoy content in one easy-to-use place: They can search, browse, download and organize their music before playback and download it to portable music devices or burn it to a CD. 100 million copies of Windows Media Player 9 Series have [...]
The XDA II is now showing up for sale in some parts of the world. A few people have been posting their experiences at PPCW.NET. It’s looking like this will be a great device!
The Samsung SCH-i600 CDMA Smartphone may be coming shortly. Verizon Wireless stores are supposedly receiving brochures about the phone. From a PDA perspective, the phone will have 32 MB RAM, a 2.2″ 176 x 220 pixel screen with 65,000 colors and an SDIO slot. The source link will take you to more details.
Furthermore, Handango is rumored to be launching an i600 catalog on October 20.
After a long wait, Today Plug-Ins are finally available for Pocket Informant! These were developed by a PI user, and not through WebIS. Some of the features include:
Icons can be arranged to match the tab order in PI, or turned off individually. The ability to display up to two PI category icons per task or appointment, as well as attached icons. You can start a PI search, using the subject from a displayed item, directly from the Today screen. You can delete and beam items directly from the Today screen. Tasks can be marked as complete on the Today screen. You [...]
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
HP has just released a ROM update for the 555x iPAQ. The update is an execute in place (XIP) update so it does not require or perform a hard-reset to your device when it’s installed. The update has a number of bug fixes and a few enhancements. Those include:
Fixes – Fingerprint Software Version 3.7: * Fixes issue where it allowed to select alphanumeric characters using the softkey with the “simple 4 digit PIN” option for Password. * Fixes the 12 and 24 hours option where it could not be selected in the “Prompt if device unused for” field [...]
Frankly, the elimination of wires and any sort of connector is quite hot in my book. Having it all work well is even hotter! Here’s another hot point – the BT-308 is the exact same model (at least from what I can tell from the press release) that HP is touting as their new Bluetooth GPS solution. So clearly this is a piece of hardware that is viewed as solid and reliable! It’ll be interesting to see how they price it…