The XDA IIi is now available from O2 on their website. It’s basically the same model as the XDA II as far as the body goes, but inside it’s got WiFi, Bluetooth, Quadband GSM, 128Mb RAM, a Megapixel camera with night mode, zoom, and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Very nice!
Dell has released a new ROM update for their X50 series PDAs. Changes include:
– Improved SD and CF read performance. – Updated wireless button usage scenario to avoid enabling / disabling wireless accidentally. – Allow the WLAN auto power-off feature to be enabled and/or disabled in the WLAN utility. – Added feature in the power applet to change the color of the battery power bar to reflect the battery capacity. – Associated the .dbk files with the Data Backup program. – Improved GAPI performance. (X50v) – Improved touch panel [...]
ActivePrint gives you the freedom to queue your documents to print while away from the office or home. As many as 60 different document types are supported by ActivePrint; they are all printed out with an ActiveSync connection via cable, Wireless, or Bluetooth on any printer you choose.SETUP
Four steps will need to be completed on your desktop computer before the setup is finished. The install is initiated with a click of [...]
According to CNET, the Apple iTunes music service has reached an all-time-high of selling 1.25 million songs per day. Their current total has reached over 250 million downloads.
That sounds like alot and it’s great that the online music service market is a success, but who is actually buying these songs? I find it odd that no one I know has ever bought a song from iTunes, and very few have ever heard of anyone else buying them… that includes Macintosh users, Windows users, Unix users, and non-technical people in their late 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Is [...]
A number of companies produce retractable portable syncronization and recharging cables for PDAs. JavoEdge has recently released a new version with a very nice silver paint job and have updated their line with support for the latest Pocket PCs including the HTC Magician (imate JAM, Qtek S100, O2 XDA Mini, T-Mobile MDA Compact.)
Their anti-glare scratch proof screen protectors are also now available for the small 2.8″ screen of the HTC Magician type devices.
The JAVOSync is $14.95 and the JAVOScreen screen protector is $10.95.
Lansing, in an update to their original inMotion, have birthed the inMotion
iM3. The differences are aesthetic and size related, with the addition
of an IR remote that allows for basic playback manipulation of the docked
iPod. With this solution, mobility is allegedly moved to a new level:
a user can listen to his tunes while in a hotel room, in the office,
or any other personal space. But with four measly 28mm speakers, do
the inMotion [...]
Like we’ve posted before, you can upgrade your imate JAM, HTC Magician, Qtek S100, or O2 XDA Mini at Pocket PC Techs for $199. Mine returned via FedEx a couple days ago and it has been totally worth it. The 64Mb RAM originally installed can be quite restrictive for power users. With 128Mb, I can now install multiple GPS Navigation programs, Microsoft Voice Command 1.5, Microsoft Reader 2.3, etc. and still have room for files and multitasking.
Elements of the legendary puzzle-game, Sokoban, are combined in Mazera with a wide variety of other puzzles, cute RPG-style graphics and storyline, catchy music, and a screen-by-screen structure well-suited to the pick-up-and-play-a-bit gaming patterns of the typical Pocket PC user.SETUP
Setting up the game is as easy as cradling your Pocket PC and running the typical ActiveSync installer. (A CAB file is also available from [...]
As you will see, the colors are sharp and graphics great. Using the stylus to aim makes my accuracy a lot better. Why can’t I use a stylus to aim on my desktop?
PROGRAM FEATURES Zuma includes great, colorful graphics that reflect the ancient South American civilization; all this comes with a panpipes music soundtrack and chanted sound effects.
You begin Zuma from the Main Menu.
Direct from Astraware:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Children Of All Ages, Shape Shifter beckons you to a delightful convergence of action, intrigue and fun!
ShapeShifter has two fun-filled modes of play; Beat The Clock, where you fill a specified number of rows before time runs out; and Shape Speedster, where you clear a number of rows before the board fills up. As they are cleared, another row appears. If the rows reach the top of the board, then your game is over. Higher levels bring more and varied types and colours of shapes to create a greater challenge. Beat The Clock also [...]
Those IT folks who have to support PC’s and the like have been using tools like Norton Ghost for years to get themselves out of binds when it comes to PC’s with gimpy configurations. Most PC’s can be restored to the Enterprise’s standard configuration in under an hour (depending on image and drive size).
Help Desk personnel have been begging for the same kind of tool for Pocket PC’s and Windows Mobile Devices for years. Well, kids, your wish is Spb’s command. Enter Spb Clone 1.0:
“It often happens that a certain enterprise has [...]
WiFiFoFum gives you the ability to quickly locate and identify which wireless access points are available for use. With its combination of graphical and grid-style interfaces, you quickly can determine what access points are open (or encrypted), and the signal strength of each access point. If you also have GPS, you can create a log of available access points in a given area.SETUP
WiFiFoFum does not have an installer program as of this build, so the installation is [...]
Those of you who know me, and know me well, know that I can’t find my way out of a wet paper bag with a fork and a flashlight. That’s why I use GPS Systems so much. I hate being lost and can’t (and won’t) stop for directions to save my life. Call it a man thing if you must.
I am also absent minded as h3ll when it comes to forgetting where I put my keys, my glasses, etc. My method of ending the maddness..? I leave most everything in my jacket; or at the very least, I leave everything in one of two places. That way, if I misplace something, I only [...]
To celebrate their 5-year Anniversary, Handango has been giving away free software every week since the middle of last December. Not shareware programs, but fully-registered, no-nag retail programs for your Pocket PC and/or Smartphone.
No end date was given for the promotion, just that it would go through January. Since this is the last full week of the month, this could very well be the final batch of free goodies (but I sure hope not).
This week’s offerings:
GeniusPro (ARM/XScale) for Pocket PC An advanced Unit Converter for Professionals and will take [...]
I’m the first to admit that I was skeptical about Wireless-G speeds on a PDA. But my modest speed tests really did show that there is a difference to be had. But more on that later.IN THE BOX
Although Linksys is now part of Cisco, you wouldn’t hardly know it from the box (save the small logo at the bottom).
Inside the box is the registration card, a [...]
For those of you who live and die by your Pocket PC’s themes, you’ll be intereseted to know that one of, if not THE best PPC Theme Making apps available, Theme Maker McDeb 4.0 has been released. Version 4 includes some exciting new features, including support for VGA themes. Now you can make themes for these Pocket PC device types:VGA devices running WM2003 SE. Includes landscape support. Non-VGA devices running WM2003 SE. Includes landscape support. All Non-VGA devices running Pocket PC 2002 or WM2003.
Registered users who purchased [...]
SeV is celebrating their 4 year anniversary with a massive sale. Prices on selected items are good from 11am Mountain today (01-21-05) through 3pm Mountain on Friday, January 28th.
They won’t be shipping any items during the sale period (as they will be taking some much needed vacation and doing some celebrations of their own).
You can find more info (and see the sale items) here.
The SeV Hidden Cargo Pants are $77.99 (a $52 savings). Our review is here.
The SeV 3.0 Cotton is $113.99 (a $76 savings). You can find [...]
Batmax Battery Life Boosters advertise that their product extends the battery life, reduces the charging time, prolongs the battery life span, rejuvenates the current batteries, liminates the “memory” effect, and protects the battery, all for only $13. The wafer-thin product is placed next to the battery and must do all of the above through a process similar to osmosis. The product is remiscent of those “cellular reception boosters” that you still find in various stores.
If you would like to test the placebo effect yourself, you will have to wait for a [...]
Motorola’s new RazR cellular phone hit the market with a bang. The phone is slim, stylish, and full-featured. Now, thanks to engadget, we hear a rumor that Motorola will be bringing out other phones in the RazR motif. Best of all, there is one that will likely be running Windows Mobile and sport a mini qwery keyboard. Look for it about mid 2005.
Geo Rally 2005 has over 30 different cars, each with their own, realistic performance specifications and handling. You’ll need the different cars because some will work better than others on each of the 15 different tracks in the game. The game also sports a real-time, 3D rendering engine with dynamic lighting effects.PROGRAM FEATURES
Geo Rally 2005 starts with with an opening animation that shows off some of the scenery of the game:
Occasionally, someone comes along that really embraces a new technology; writer Stephen King, for instance, who was among the first to release a new book in electronic book format. Add the name of Rob Reilly to the list. Reilly is an independent filmmaker who not only shot his new comedy, “Back to Manhattan,” in a format that is small-screen-friendly. He took pains to make sure that the entire film would display well on portable media players and PDAs; without artifacts; without color shifting; without choppy audio.
The full article, in Pocket PC Magazine details [...]
An interesting article over at Pocketfactory makes the prediction that 2005 will mark the continued decline of the Pocket PC, and the emergence of more Smartphone/Pocket PC phone device driven industry. With Microsoft’s plans to phase out the Pocket PC name and cover it up with a broader “Windows Mobile” category, the signs are clear.
There may be some good news for PDA enthusiasts, as I anticipate PalmSource will gain one new licensee that will develop “traditional” handhelds. But don’t look for much activity in this space. The glory days are [...]
Direct from PDAmill:
We’ve just released two cool new games for Public Beta Testing. One of them is the Smartphone port of our best-selling futuristic 3D racing game, Flux Challenge. The other one is a VGA resolution version of the award winning GameBox Solitaire for the new Dell Axim 50v and HP iPAQ 4700. Both products are available for download from: http://my.pdamill.com/viewforum.php?f=13
…We’d like to get as much testers for them as possible, before their release next week. GB Solitaire VGA Edition will be available as a free update to all GB [...]