Siemens has released the Windows Mobile 2003 Phone Edition software upgrade for their SX56 Pocket PC Phone. This ROM software upgrades to version A.30.09. The update contains new features such as: Call mute, Suggest feature to show e-mail addresses, Signature feature, Auto-correct feature that corrects common spelling errors, Call barring to control incoming & outgoing calls, New connectivity notification provides more information and commands for phone and data connections, Character counter in SMS, Windows Media Player 9 Series, Pocket Internet Explorer improved display and [...]
Well alright, the time you have all been waiting for is upon us. This is the second Fastest Fingers Friday contest, so here’s your big chance to win.
Reply to this thread by clicking Discuss and posting your favorite application or game that you have installed on your Pocket PC right now. If you’re one of the first 5 to reply, you win a copy of CNetX’s Pocket Slideshow.
You must be a registered user, and we’ll send you the software to the email address associated with your account (so make sure its valid).
Good luck! [...]
The most notable features of PIEPlus are button mapping, the ability to navigate a page with the D-Pad, opening up more than one instance of PIE and Pocket Web Optimizer (PWO). This technology formats web pages so that theyreally
fit on the screen.SETUP
Setup is easy enough, no specific options or anything to watch for while installing. Like most applications of this type, it needs to go into main memory, not a storage [...]
A group of consumer electronics companies is supposedly going to announce a new flash memory format next week. The group is called the Universal Transportable Memory Association (UTMA), and the cards will be smaller than SD and hold 1 GB, with the potential to hold more as technology evolves.
A spokesman for the UTMA said the cards would have two flash chips, similar to other cards, but they would be side-by-side, not stacked. The cards will supposedly connect using USB, and will feature a new data storage architecture, called the Task Automated Data Structure.
Back in June 2003, I first posted about the Gateway 100X. In August, Gateway announced they were indefinitely delaying it. Well, we still don’t know anything about it; Gateway may be waiting for Windows Mobile 2004 and the faster XScale processors.
According to a Gateway spokesman, they haven’t killed the PDA, but are looking into different technologies to differentiate themselves from the competition. These include WiFi, Bluetooth and voice capabilities.
There was also specualation that Gateway may be waiting for the next version of Windows Mobile and the [...]
Carlo Guerrero at PPCW.NET has posted some new pictures and a review of the ETEN P700 Pocket PC Phone Edition. This device came out a little bit after the XDA II, but has recieved very little press. It’s got a few promising features however, including Bluetooth, SD slot, CF slot, and USB support.
Nokia is planning to release two “Imagewear” necklaces in the first quarter of 2004. The Medallion I and Medallion II will be able to recieve and display up to 8 images. You can beam images to the necklace via infrared from a PDA or Camera Phone. The display is 96 x 96 pixels with 4096 colors. It has 2MB SRAM, 1MB Flash RAM, and an 80mAh rechargable battery that lasts for about 15 hours. It’s also got a clock!
If only this had Bluetooth support, I could have a date wear it at a party and beam images to it from accross the room.
In the fourth quarter of 2003, Windows Mobile PDA shipments surpassed Palm for the first time in Western Europe. HP also became the single largest PDA vendor.
According to market researchers IDC, Windows Mobile PDAs, with 571,000 devices shipped, had a 59.6% European share compared to Palm OS’s 373,000 units and 38.9% share. Linux-based devices from Sharp and Casio finished in last with a 1.5% share.
HP had a 36.9% share for the quarter, with 354,000 devices shipped. Palm only captured 30.0%, with 288,000 units.
On a yearly basis, though, Palm edged out HP, [...]
Europe is getting a cheap Pocket PC phone — the Yakumo omikron. Costing only 349 Euros (about $435 U.S.) without a subscription, it is much cheaper than the XDA-style Pocket PC phones.
The omikron is a re-branded E-TEN P300. The specs are:
* A Samsung 2410 200 MHz ARM 9 * Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone * 64 MB RAM (not completely user accessible) * 32 MB ROM * A 2.8″ transflective 12-bit color touchscreen at the usual 240×320 resolution * GSM tri-band 900/1800/1900 MHz * GPRS Class B, Multi-slot Class 10 * SDIO/MMC expansion slot * [...]
Griffin Mobile has released Total Remote 2.0. Like VitoRemote that Russ reported on earlier this week, Total Remote 2.0 adds CCF support. It also adds macro editing support.
One of the things that distinguishes Total Remote from the many other remote programs is the IR dongle. It attaches to your headphone jack to put out a much stronger IR signal than the IR of most Pocket PCs.
I won a free copy of Total Remote 1.1 in 2003, and, frankly, didn’t like it. The concept was great, but the execution wasn’t what I had hoped for.
First, if the dongle is [...]
An optimist is a man who starts a crossword puzzle with a pen.
I enjoy a good crossword puzzle. But if you’ve read my other reviews, you already know that I’m a big puzzle fan in general. So when BinaryFish contacted me about their new game, Mobile Crossword, I asked if we could review it.WHAT’S HOT
BinaryFish has done a great job of reproducing the pen(cil) and paper feel of crosswords while adding a [...]
Don’t forget that tomorrow we will be holding our second installment of our weekly Fastest Finger Friday Giveaway!
In case you forgot how it goes…
Tomorrow- at any point during the day, I will post a message right here to the front page. It will give a small description of how you must respond to the post in the discussion forum thread, and what your prize will be. The fastest repliers will win.
We’ll definitely make the prize worthwhile tomorrow, so stay tuned all day– it could happen at any moment!
Orange’s version of the HTC Himalaya looks like a cross between T-Mobile’s MDA II and O2’s XDA II. It’s got the round buttons and inset shapes of the MDA II, but the same silver paint job of the XDA II. It’s the same hardware as other HTC Himalaya devices, just rebranded with Orange logos and software. Looks pretty good.
Many of the latest Himalaya Pocket PC Phones come with a read-only Extended ROM which means certain applications are forced to be installed on a hard reset and there is no easy way to uninstall unwanted or problematic applications. However, yesterday a poster on XDA-Developers.com has released a tool which will allow you to edit the ROM on your XDA II so as to remove unwanted applications or add your own applications to the Extended ROM even if it is read-only. This is a great way to have your “must-have” applications always available even after a hard reset.
Nuernberg, Germany — January 29, 2004 — TextMaker for Pocket PCs, the only desktop-class word processor for Pocket PCs, has just been updated to support popular handwriting recognition software.
TextMaker is now fully compatible with Microsoft Transcriber (included on all Pocket PCs) and Phatware’s CalliGrapher, a third-party handwriting recognition engine. TextMaker not only accepts plain text input from both handwriting recognition engines, but also supports all editing and formatting gestures.
TextMaker for Pocket PCs is the most [...]
Setup of Resco Audio Recorder is very simple and should be a familiar task for even beginning Pocket PC users. In addition to the Windows installer found on the desktop version of Resco’s web site, users can browse to http://www.resco-net.com with Pocket IE to download and install a .CAB version of the Resco Audio Recorder setup. This allows the user to install the application without the need of their desktop PC or ActiveSync. I downloaded the Windows installer which installs through ActiveSync but either method is available and both produce the same [...]
The Register has posted news regarding a rumor that Intel will be offering faster XScale processors in May which will bring the speed up to 540Mhz. It’s rumored that the next generation Intel PDA processor (code-named Bulverde) will be released concurrently with Windows Mobile 2004.
Visually, the look of Resco Keyboard Pro is a nice relief from the standard white on-screen keyboard. Several of built-in functions, such as "Gestures," will save you considerable time and effort. In addition, the program also includes three numeric layouts as well as a "Writing Calculator" for entering numbers or performing calculations.SETUP
Installing Resco was fairly simple. I used the desktop [...]
Backup software works very well for what it does, but it’s limited by the design of Windows and particularly the fact that a program often writes several keys into the Registry as in installs which it needs in order to function. A backup program can, of course, backup both the program’s folder and the Registry, but, what if you have two separate programs and want independant backups for both?
Enter CabBackup. CabBackup is designed to give users the ability to quickly install and uninstall any program without having to connect to a desktop via ActiveSync. It does [...]
VITO Remote is one of a number of programs that turns your Pocket PC into all-in-one infrared remote control to operate TV, Video and other home and office equipment. The most time-consuming aspect of getting any of these programs to work with your device is programming it. Now VITO Remote simplifies that process by using the industry-standard CCF configuration files. These files work with a variety of software and hardware and cover a vast range of entertainment and office equipment. Many CCF files even allow you to use the original device’s remote control [...]
SentryCE’s beauty lies in its unique approach to data encryption. SentryCE allows you to create a dedicated section of your storage memory that will be encrypted with their CAST-128 algorithm. This section of your memory is referred to as a ‘Volume’ and, once ‘mounted’ allows you unlimited read/write access – all on the fly. Think of this volume as a memory card with a key, because that’s essentially how your [...]
Calligrapher is by far the best software available for handwriting recognition on your Pocket PC. I’ve been using it since version 5, and won’t run a Pocket PC without it.
Version 7.1 was released today. New and updated features include…
* Memory size needed for a CalliGrapher toolbar has been reduced to provide compatibility with a wider range of third-party applications such as today screen add-ins, etc. * “Don’t Add Space After the Single Letter” option was added to the Recognizer tab of the Configuration Manager. * CalliGrapher [...]
Here’s an interesting case for Palm Pilots. It transforms into a stand up keyboard! It looks awfully small for two-handed typing however.