Minimo 0.008 and roadmap details

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Aug 312005
 

Minimo 008

Minimo, the Mozilla based CE device web browser, has been updated. New features include SSL/PSM support, improved startup performance, 9 percent improvement in code size, full screen mode and more.

As well, a roadmap of future Minimo releases has been posted. It includes dates as well as what new features and bug fixes should be included in each release. In a nutshell, the plan is to have one Minimo release every month or so until the end of the year.

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Resco Explorer 2005 5.20 Released

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Aug 312005
 

Resco has updated their file management utility Resco Explorer 2005. Version 5.20’s most significant addition is the new Today plug-in which not only displays the remaining battery life and disk space in a transparent and easy-to-understand way but also allows quick access to your favorite applications and documents. Version 5.20 also improves both the appearance and navigation with new QVGA icons and easier button navigation, adds support for square screens and more.

Resco 2005 can be purchased from our affiliate PocketGear for $24.95 USD. A trial version is also available.

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Spb Finance updated

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Aug 312005
 

Spb Finance

Spb Software House has quietly released Spb Finance 2.1. Spb Finance is a financial manager that you can carry in your pocket. You don’t have to write down all your day’s expenses and transfer them to your desktop PC financial manager later.

The new version is primarily a bug fix release with improved memory usage and fixes for MS Money 2006 data access, the Spb Finance decimals entry issue, splits synchronization issue and other minor bugs.

Spb Finance can be purchased for $24.95 from our affiliate Handango. It is a free upgrade for 2.x users. A trial version is also available.

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SBSH updates iLauncher

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Aug 312005
 

If you are still looking for a Today plug-in, iLauncher’s latest version now adds the capability to skin meters, a navigation bar meter, the ability to create a shortcut to a folder, automatic detection of storage card insertion and removal and still more.

SBSH iLauncher can be purchased for $8.95 from our affiliate Handango. Existing 2.x users can upgrade for free and a trial version is also available.

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AximSite has pictures of the Dell X51v

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Aug 312005
 

AximSite member sniffs has posted pictures of a pre-production Dell X51v (or so he claims). It looks like an Axim X50v and is almost identical in terms of specs except for the fact that it comes with 256MB of BIS (built-in storage) with about 190MB of it free out of the box and a GPS manager (You will still need GPS hardware and software). If you scroll through the forum, you’ll see additional pictures as sniffs tries to convince everyone that he really does have an X51v in hand. It’s not only an interesting read but fun too!

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Insecure Magazine looks at PDA security

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Aug 302005
 

The August issue of (IN)SECURE Magazine (a freely available digital security magazine discussing some of the hottest information security topics) takes a look at the different types of attacks that a Pocket PC device can be subjected to. It looks at CAB files, autorun, Javascipt, PIE vulnerabilities, URL obfuscation and more.

The magazine is available in PDF format.

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PhatWare releases CalliGrapher 8.0

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Aug 302005
 

Phatware Calligrapher

Calligrapher 8.0 from Phatware Corporation is now available. Calligrapher is a natural handwriting recognition software. It supports cursive, print and combinations of both styles.

Version 8.0 adds plenty of new features including support for Windows Mobile 5.0, a new soft input panel called Write Pad and a Statistical Analyzer. Write Pad is a specified area at the bottom of the screen where users can enter handwritten information that is instantly recognized and converted to the digital text. The text can be easily sent to the desired application. The Statistical Analyzer is a tool that will let Calligrapher automatically fixe common recognition errors based on the user’s writing patterns. There are plenty of other new features as well.

Calligrapher 8.0 can be purchased from our affiliate Handango for $39.95 USD. If you CalliGrapher 7.5 between March 21, 2005 and September 1, 2005, the upgrade to 8.0 is free. A trial version is also available.

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Upgrade your iPAQ hx4700 to 128MB RAM

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Aug 302005
 

Pocket PC Techs is now offering a 128MB RAM uprgade service for the HP iPAQ hx4700. During the upgrade process we remove the existing 64MB and install 128MB. This memory upgrade does NOT require our proprietary driver and is fully recognized by the OS (126.27MB Available). This unit uses low voltage hi-speed BGA memory, so stacking is not available and 128MB will be the maximum capacity.

The upgrade costs $199.00 USD.

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BoxWave styra for the iPAQ hw6500 Series

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Aug 302005
 

Boxwave Styra

Boxwave has updated its Styra line with models for the iPAQ hw6500 family. Styra is more than just a stylus! It provides both a ballpoint pen and reset pin for additional functionalities that your regular stylus doesn’t have. Styra is custom designed to fit your handheld’s built-in stylus holder perfectly. Better yet, you can refill your Styra with refillable ink cartridges for extended use time and time again.

A single Styra pack is currently on sale for $11.95 USD and the 2-pack bundle is on sale for $19.95 USD.

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Skype 1.2 beta now available for Windows Mobile Pocket PC

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Aug 292005
 

Skype has released a beta of the upcoming version 1.2 of its client for Windows Mobile devices. This new version includes improved voice quality, Skype to Skype calls, Skype Out calls, instant message chats and voicemail capabilities. New languages will also be supported.

Skype 1.2 also has lowered requirements a little bit – If you have WiFi built-in, you will now need a 300MHz CPU instead of a 400MHz CPU.

Just remember that this is still an evaluation version and hence it is not perfect, yet.

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Battery Fix for iPAQ hx4700

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Aug 292005
 

HP has released a fix for the battery issue introduced in ROM 1.10. Essentially, the battery capacity value was not set properly, resulting in the iPAQ thinking that the battery capacity was less than it actually is and thereby reporting incorrect battery level information. The fix resets the battery capacity value to its correct setting.

ROM version 1.10 is required prior to installing this fix. This XIP firmware update does not change the ROM version. To confirm that the XIP firmware update was successful, check the XIP version number. The new XIP version number will be 4.21.15045.4.

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HTC Galaxy photo preview

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Aug 292005
 

French site Mobinaute has posted a good first look at the upcoming HTC Galaxy. They have plenty of comparison pictures with number of HTC devices like the Wizard and Magician as well as the Treo 650, the Motorola Mpx220 and the HP iPAQ h6340 and hw6515. In terms of specs, the Galaxy is powered by a 300MHz Samsung S3C2440M processor with 32 MB of RAM and 64MB of ROM. It features integrated GPS (using the SiRFStar III chipset), SD/IO and MMC slots as well, Bluetooth, 802.11b WiFi and a 2.8-inch QVGA screen. Suprisingly, the screen is a passive matrix! The HTC Galaxy will use Windows Mobile 5.0.

Mobinaute expects it to hit France in November. Pricing has not been announced by Expansys is offering it for 420 €.

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Apple plans special event for September 7

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Aug 292005
 

Apple

Apple is sending invitations to reporters for a special event that will take place on September 7 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The invitation hints that the news will be as big as the release of the first 5GB iPod almost four years ago. Rumours suggest that we could see an announcement around a video iPod as well as larger capacity iPod shuffle players and even the possiblity that the iPod mini will move to flash-based storage. Other rumours suggest that we could finally see Motorola’s iTunes ROKR cell phone.

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Windows Mobile 5.0 Developer Evaluation Kit now available

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Aug 282005
 

Microsoft has released the Windows Mobile 5.0 Developer Evaluation Kit. It allows you to start developing Windows Mobile 5.0 applications prior to the release of Visual Studio 2005. It includes resources such as the Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK for Pocket PC and Smartphone, Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2, ActiveSync version 4.0, the Microsoft Device Emulator 1.0 Community Preview and white papers and videos.

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Some Dell Axim news

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Aug 282005
 

One of Pocket PC Thoughts’s readers revealed that two Dell Axim models, the X51 and X51v, have received Bluetooth SIG approval. Very little information is available except for the fact that this new device will use Bluetooth 1.2. Brighthand goes on to conjecture that this series could come with VGA, Windows Mobile 5.0 and a built-in miniature hard drive.

Meanwhile, two Axim models in the X30 family have disappeared from Dell’s web site. It appears that the X30 lineup is being slowly phased out as had been anticipated.