The forthcoming MyPal A636: Everything but the kitchen sink?

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May 312005
 

Buried in a news release about Computex 2005 is a little teaser about the forthcoming Asus MyPal A636: This soon-to-launch handheld computer comes with a wide range of innovative yet practical features right out of the box. With built-in GPS support and accurate mapping software for easy navigation, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless data transfers and communications, and MP3 and video player functions for entertainment, it is the one mobile device to replace all mobile devices.

That’s all the information available – I did warn you it was a teaser! Except for one more detail: This unanounced MyPal has already won the Best Choice Awards for Handheld at the tradeshow!

Update: BargainPDA has not only a good number of pictures but some specs as well. It will have an Intel PXA processor (which one is still undetermined), a 3.5-inch QVGA screen, GPS, Bluetooth 1.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b, an SD slot (although it come end up being a mini-SD) and will run Windows Mobile 5.0.

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The Duratek 3100: iPAQ inside

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May 302005
 

Durateq 3100

Softeq has announced the Duratek 3100 PDA. Inside, the electronics are from HP’s iPAQ line. But that’s where the similarities stop. The Duratek is built to be shockproof, dustproof and waterproof but still fairly compact (unlike many other rugged handhelds). It measures 4.75-inches by 3.0-inches by 0.75-inches with a weight of just under 150 grams (including a 1440 mAh battery and stylus).

The Duratek 3100 is designed for purposes such as guest services, restaurant POS, hospitality, field operations and maintenance. It runs on Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition (Professional Edition)

It comes with a 300MHz Samsung S3C 2440 processor (with a 400MHz option), includes built-in 802.11b Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a sealed SD slot capable of SDIO,64 MB of RAM (128MB option also available)and a QVGA 3.5″ screen.

Both Softeq and HP will sell the Durateq 3100 starting in September. The list price will be $899 USD.

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Free Wi-Fi utility Hitchhiker updated to 0.2

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May 302005
 

Back on May 9, I posted a news item about Hitchhiker 0.1, a free Wi-Fi utility that helps you connect to WiFi hotspots that it has located in your vicinity. An updated version is now available and includes several new enhancements:

  • Support WEP and WPA-PSK network key and store in WZC
  • Fire-and-forget, keep trying all possible networks
  • Quick launch toolbox for built-in network tools
  • Audible note when connection established
  • Prioritize connections based on score
  • And more

The application remains free.

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French review of the iPAQ hw6515

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May 292005
 

iPAQ hw6500

Pretty much all of the specifications of the iPAQ hw6515 have now been leaked before it is even officially announced. And now, we’re getting complete product reviews.

This French review is very positive, calling it an exceptional machine in all aspects. Everything works perfectly, they claim. They highly recommend this machine that will meet 99.9% of your needs. Not sure about any of you, but WiFi is definitely more than 0.01% for me though.

The review also comes with plenty of pictures.

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AquaCalc: An alternative to the plain WM2003 SE calculator

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May 272005
 

Aquacalc

Sick of the plain-looking calculator that comes with Windows Mobile 2003? If so, the attractive AquaCalc 1.0 might be for you. It does not have add any functionality but it does look better. Currently in beta, it is available for free.

Note that you will need to have Windows Mobile 2002/2003. Earlier versions will require that you download the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 1.0.

Source: PocketPC Paradise

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The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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May 262005
 

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

Nokia’s latest release is not a mobile phone! The just announced Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a device intended for people who already have one more computers at home. The 770 is designed primarily for browsing the web and doing email using a WiFi network. And if Wi-Fi is not available, a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone can be used.

The device is under 6-inches wide, 3.1-inches wide, weighs only about 8 ounces and has a 4.13-inch touch screen capble of handwriting recognition. It runs on Linux.

Nokia is not intending the 770 to be a storage device; it does not come with normally standard PIM applications (calendar, task list, etc) but it does come with Opera, an email client, an RSS reader and an Internet radio.

Pricing for the 770 is expected to be around $350 USD and it should be available in Q3 2005. Upgraded software should be available in 2006 and should support instant messaging as well as VOIP.

Lots of pictures can be seen over at Mobileburn.com.

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Free NewsBreak Lite RSSreader from Geekzone and Ilium

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May 262005
 

Geekzone and Ilium Software have teamed up to provide the NewsBreak Lite RSS Reader for free for Windows Mobile and Smartphone devices. It works exactly like NewsBreak but limits you to five RSS feeds.

NewsBreak Lite will work with both wireless connections and ActiveSync passthrough.

Get your free copy of Newsbreak Lite here.

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Improving PDA and phone camera lenses

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May 252005
 

Quebec researchers are working on a new lens that should dramatically improve the quality of pictures taken using PDAs and mobile phones. The new lens is thinner than a sheet of paper and, despite not having any moving parts, can zoom and focus. The result should be much sharper images than are currently possible.

Tigran Galstian, the engineer and physicist at Laval University, who worked on the lens is now looking for an industrial partner to build prototypes.

Another use for the lens could be in super-lightweight eyeglasses.

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Conexant launches smallest 802.11g WLAN radio

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May 252005
 

Conexant has announced that it has released the world’s lowest power and smallest form factor 802.11g WLAN radio for embedded mobile applications. The CX3110X is a single-chip solution intended for mobile devices such as PDAs, mobile phones and digital cameras.

The CX3110X is already shipping so it should not be too long before we see 802.11g devices on the market. Goodbye 802.11a and 802.11b!

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Wireless networking revenues still rising

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May 242005
 

Infonetics Research reports that sales of wireless networking equipment continued to climb with worldwide revenues passing $767 million in Q4 2004 and Q1 2005. Unit shipments of over 12 million make it the highest quarterly volume. The growth of broadband Internet access is driving much of this increase as people upgrade to wireless broadband routers.

802.11n, the next WiFI standard (expected in late 2006) allowing the transfer of data at more than 100mbps, is expected to ensure that the wireless networking market remains healthy.

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Turn your PocketPC phone into a baby monitor

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May 242005
 

iBaby is definitely an unusual application. It transforms your Pocket PC Phone Edition device into a baby monitor. If the sound level in the baby’s room crosses a threshold, iBaby will call a preset phone number. You answer, listen to find out what is going on and when you hang up, iBaby goes back to monitoring.

The software warns that it does drain batteries fairly quickly but it will call you if the battery level drops below 15%. This obviously limits the software’s usefulness but it could still be handy for short periods of time where you may not hear your child as easily.

The software is free and available in both French and English.

Source: PocketPC Thoughts

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Confidential Notes Trial version now available

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May 242005
 

Back on May 4, we posted a news item about Confidential Notes, a tool that allows you to create and manage your notes in a secure environment. At the time, a trial version was not available. Since then, HNS Consulting has introduced one and it can be downloaded at our affiliate Handango (where you can also purchase Confidential Notes for $19.95 USD).

The trial version is fully functional and enables the user to test the software up to three times.

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Apple to use Intel chips?

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May 232005
 

Rumours have surfaced that Apple and Intel have discussed the possibility of using the latter’s processors in Apple computers. But, the Wall Street Journal speculates that the leak could have something to do with Apple trying to get better prices from IBM for its PowerPC chips. Additional details (if there are any) could come as soon as June 6 at an Apple developers conference.

The article also indicates that it is unlikely that Apple would market OS X for other PCs though.

In Canada, the article can be found in today’s Globe and Mail print edition (in the Business section).

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Microsoft FAQ on Mobile Platform Migration

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May 232005
 

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Microsoft has a FAQ on Windows Mobile platform migration. It focuses on common issues and questions that developers might have when migrating from one version of Windows Mobile to another.

With Windows Mobile 5.0 coming out soon, a lot of questions are bound to come up and this resource should prove extremely useful. For example, My CAB file installed fine on Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. Why doesn’t it work on Windows Mobile 5.0?

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