Windows Mobile 5: Who is using my RAM?

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Nov 302005
 

In followup to the story about the missing RAM in Windows Mobile 5.0, Mike Calligaro has posted a new entry on the Windows Mobile Team blog that looks at how much RAM WM5.0 uses. The entry is in response to people asking why WM5.0 can take up to 3 times more RAM to boot up as WM2003SE.

The Windows Mobile Team post covers the investigation that followed to see what was happening. The conclusions are quite interesting: It appears that at least one manufacturer has made some changes that use up more RAM under Windows Mobile 5.0. Are others doing it too?

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Gadgetorama reviews the BoxWave Active Case

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Nov 302005
 

BoxWave Active Case

It’s time for another review. I step back into the Pocket PC world and take a close look at the BoxWave Active Case. Made of crystal-clear plastic, the Active Case is designed to allow for easy viewing of the screen and provide easy access to the hardware buttons while the case is still closed.

As far as reviews go, I’ve used the Active Case much longer than I normally do when I write a review. Find out how the Active Case fared as I put it through its extended paces.

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MobileBurn reviews the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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Nov 302005
 

Nokia 770 Tablet

MobileBurn takes a good look at the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. They look at hardware, the Linux-based operating system (including resources where you can get additional open source programs), text input (the upside down numeric keypad like on a cell phone and word recognition were not a hit), data and CPU performance, multimedia capabilities, email, news/RSS and browsing capabilities,

The review includes plenty of pictures and screenshots.

And their conclusion? Despite negatives such as some MP3 playback issues, sometimes slow performance and unusable handwriting recognition, the Nokia 770 scored a ‘Highly Recommended’.

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Mozilla 1.5 officially launched

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Nov 292005
 

The first major update to the Mozilla Firefox browser has just been launched. Firefox 1.5 introduces a new Software Update feature that will download small updates instead of the complete browser whene security and feature updates are released. It also adds an improved pop-up blocker, forward and backward buttons that load pages faster, draggable tabs, a number of improvements in general usability and support for new Web standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3 and JavaScript 1.6.

Since its release about a year ago, Firefox has been downloaded over 100 million times and has been increasing market share (anywhere between 6 and 10 percent but over 20 percent here).

The automatic update in Firefox 1.0.x is not yet picking up the new version so you will need to go to Mozilla to download it if you cannot wait.

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VITO updates Voice2Go

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Nov 292005
 

VITO Technology has updated Voice2Go, its software that lets users manage their Pocket PC device by talking to it. Among the significant enhancements are support for Windows Mobile 5.0, an improved speech recognition engine that allows for faster response to voice commands, a new voice command to call a contact directly from your contact list and additional languages support (German and Japanese)

VITO Voice2Go is available for $29.95 USD from our affiliate Handango. A trial version is also available.

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Mac mini to become your digital hub?

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Nov 292005
 

Apple Mac mini

Think Secret has learned that the Apple Mac mini could evolve into your living room’s digital hub. A new project, code-named Kaleidoscope, will modify the mini by moving it to an Intel processor and adding Front Row 2.0, DVR functionality and a built-in iPod dock.

Another possibility is a move from 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch hard drives, boosting storage capacity while reducing costs. If this happens, the mac mini would likely gain a little bulk.

Think Secret also reports that the new Mac mini could be unveiled at Macworld Expo in San Francisco in January 2006.

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Ballshooter Christmas gift: X-Mas Runner Lite

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Nov 282005
 

Ballshooter X-Mas Runner Lite

Ballshooter Games is giving away X-Mas Runner Lite for free for the holidays (until January 31, 2005). You and the bounty hunter join forces to collect all the treasures, candies and gifts while eluding (or preferably destroying) evil guards who are trained to kill.

The game features different Christmas backgrounds and original soundtracks. There is even a hint system if you get stuck on a level.

Thanks Ballshooter!

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ThinkOutside keyboard for your RIM device

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Nov 282005
 

ThinkOutside Shasta

ThinkOutside has released a Bluetooth keyboard for your RIM device. Weighing less than 7 ounces, the Shasta keyboard should help users alleviate their thumb-typing dependency. Opened up, it features a full QWERTY keyboard with 16mm spacing, a 5th row of keys dedicated to numerical entry and a number of hot key combinations for commonly used applications.

The keyboard is powered by 2 AAA batteries that should offer 90 hours of continuous use or 168 hours of standby. The driver can be installed over the air.

The Shasta is currently available for the BlackBerry 7100, 7200 and 7500 series at a price of $99.99 USD.

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Pre-load your video iPod

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Nov 282005
 

video iPod

A video iPod is not much good without any content. iTunes offers very limited amount of material and transferring your own content might be a little too time-consuming. Fortunately, TVMyPod offers a service whereby they will sell you the iPod, any number of DVDs and then preload the content onto your video iPod before they ship it to you.

Before you rush off and order one as the perfect Christmas gift, be aware that orders take 3-5 weeks to ship due to the labour-intensiveness of the process. Fortunately, they offer an expedited shipping option. For an additional $50 USD, they will make sure that your video iPod will ship within 5 business days of receiving the order.

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TV on your Pocket PC

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Nov 272005
 

LG PM80

LG has unveiled the PM80, a PDA supporting DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting). Not only that but LG claims that you will be able to receive stable broadcasts while moving at up to 100 kph.

The PM80 comes with a 3.5-inch QVGA screen, an Intel 312MHz processor, and SD slot, 64MB RAM 64MB and ROM 64MB and enough battery life for 2.5 hours of continuous viewing. Unfortunately, it will come with Windows Mobile 2003SE rather than Windows Mobile 5.0

There is no information on pciring or availability at this time.

Source: Pocket PC Canada

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DVD To Pocket PC 3.0 released

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Nov 252005
 

Makayama Interactive has updated DVD to Pocket PC, its software that lets you convert DVD movies to files small enough to be transferrable onto Pocket PC devices. The new version promises much faster conversions (a full length movie should take less than 45 minutes now). A Windows Mobile 2003 device is required. I could not find mention of whether it is also compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0

Makayama claims that you will be able to fit about 8 films on a single 1GB card!

DVD To Pocket PC 3.0 is available for $32.95 USD from our affiliate Handango. A trial version is also available. The upgrade is free to users of version 2.5 and is available for $11.95 USD for earlier versions.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Nov 242005
 

To everyone celebrating today, Gadgetorama extends a very happy Thanksgiving.

While Thanksgiving in Canada was over a month ago, I would still like to thank everyone who visits this corner of the Internet for your ongoing support.

Happy Thanksgiving!

SBSH releases ContactBreeze 1.2

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Nov 242005
 

SBSH has updated ContactBreeze, its contacts add-on to PocketBreeze (ie, it’s required before you can use ContactBreeze). Version 1.2 adds support for Windows Mobile 5.0, a new context menu that allows operation with the d-pad only, improved full screen seearching as well as new search options and full compatibility with PocketBreeze 5 (eg, skin compatibility, new filters)

ContactBreeze 1.2 is available for $5.95 USD from our affiliate Handango (It may take up to 48 hours for Handango to update the product information page but SBSH indicates that the download is set to version 1.2 already). Existing ContactBreeze 1.x users can upgrade for free. A trial version is also available.

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A tale of convergence

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Nov 242005
 

The debate about convergence and whether it will ever happen and how it will happen has raged for a while and I predict it will continue to do so for a while. In most cases so far, convergence has meant compromises about device feature sets. And most of use are not quite ready to accept all the imposed compromises. But there are also stories where convergence has been successful. A post by Mike Torres, a Lead Program Manager on MSN Spaces, illustrates this quite well.

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