HP iPAQ rx1950 and GPS Navigator bundle for UK

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Jan 312006
 

iPAQ rx1950 Navigator

Hewlett-Packard has announced that it will bundle the iPAQ rx1950 with a GPS receiver (with SiRF Star III chipset) and ViaMichelin software. Whenever you need to use GPS, you simply pop your rx1950 into the cradle and you’re all set. The cradle also comes with a windshield mount suction cup so you can use it in the car and The built-in speakers.

The GPS software from ViaMichelin offers features such as Points of Interest (eg, tourist attractions, gas stations golf courses and more).

This bundle is available in the UK for £265.

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Spb AirIslands – A new concept in Pocket PC Games

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Jan 312006
 

Spb AirIslands

Spb Software House has launced Spb AirIslands, a game based on a unique concept that blends a real-time strategy game with a set of mini-games. You are in the middle of a situation when the good old world is destroyed and broken into a number of isolated islands. Your task is not only to survive on such an island, but to colonize, build, and develop it, taking into account different factors that influence the hard colonist’s life. If you manage to bring prosperity on your single island, you can try to repair the whole world!

When you have a couple of minutes, you can play a mini-game that will earn you resources that you can then use to develop your island by adding buildings (8 types are available) and natural elements like trees as well as making sure your inhabitants are happy. The three mini-games are Spb Xonix II which earns you wood, Spb Arkaball II which earns you bricks and Spb Bubbles which brings water to your island. The AirIslands web site lets you publish your high scores as well as compete against other players.

Spb AirIslands is available for both QVGA and VGA devices for $19.95 USD from our affiliate PocketGear. A trial version is also available.

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Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds 3.5 now available

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Jan 312006
 

Symantec has released version 3.5 of its Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds product. Promising a comprehensive virus protection solution designed to secure wireless devices running on Palm OS, Microsoft Windows Mobile and Pocket PC platforms, this version includes a new centralised management interface and support for Windows Mobile 5.0.

It includes features like automatic scans after expansion card insertion or desktop synchronization, on-demand scans and updates that are available either through your desktop computer or through a direct wireless connection on your PDA.

Although viruses on mobile devices have been a bit of a non-issue to date, that could change as devices become increasingly wired.

Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds 3.5 is available for $39.95 USD for a one-year renewable subscription.

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Is Dell getting out of the PDA market?

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Jan 312006
 

Bargain PDA is reporting that there is a rumour floating about that Dell is about to discontinue its Axim PDA line. Information allegedly provided by Dell to a corporate client states that Dell will not be producing any follow-up devices to the X51 line. The rumor states that due to decreases in the market, the company has decided not to produce any more &pen based& portable computers. The report goes on to say that the company has been looking at “converged” devices, but isn’t prepared to announce a product.

There is no question that we are seeing a trend towards converged devices. I think it’s more likely that Dell is considering new offerings such as a smartphone or a Portable Media Center device either under the Axim brand or a new one. But I would be surprised if Dell left the mobile space completely.

Stay tuned!

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Fight HIV with a red iPod

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Jan 302006
 

If T3, a UK gadget magazine, is to be believed, a special edition red Apple iPod could be on its way to support Product Red, a new initiative that will see a portion of revenues go to fight HIV. To be run as a commercial endeavour, it will focus on red-branded products from partners such as American Express, Gap and Converse. And if the rumours are true, the iPod family could soon offer a new colour.

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The i-mate JAMin unveiled

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Jan 302006
 

i-mate JAMin

i-mate has unveiled the i-mate JAMin, also known as the HTC Prophet. The JAMin is a quad-band phone (including EDGE capabilities) running Windows Mobile 5.0. Running a 200MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor, it comes with 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 2.8-inch QVGA screen and a 2MP camera. The form factor is much like that of the i-mate JAM but the JAMin comes with a new button layout.

Source: Dave’s PDA

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The history of patent war between RIM and NTP

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Jan 292006
 

With a February 24th deadline looming over RIM, this article about how the two companies got to this point is timely. I caught it yesterday in the print edition of the Globe & Mail and it is now available online as well. At the heart of NTP is the late Tom Campana, a successful inventor but not-so successful businessman. He formed NTP with Donald Stout to protect his patents after a number of ventures went belly up.

This story may have begun as one where two men did not know how to back down but it has become much more since and one that should force a thorough review of how patents are awarded in the first place.

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The big contest over at Smartphone Thoughts

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Jan 282006
 

Starting next Tuesday (January 31st), Smartphone Thoughts will be running the Smartphone Thoughts Gigantic Giveaway Event with over $3500 USD in prizes, including a couple of Smartphones as well as some great software and other hardware. Here’s how it will work: Each Tuesday starting next week on January 31st, we will announce the prize of the week. You’ll then have until the following Monday at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) to enter that draw. The winner will be randomly selected from all the valid entries and announced on the following Wednesday. How easy can that be?

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BoxWave unveils Mobile Mounting Kit

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Jan 282006
 

BoxWave Mobile Mounting Kit

BoxWave has added a mobile device mount to its product lineup. The Mobile Mounting Kit is a kit that comes with everything you need to mount your mobile device in your vehicle. It includes a universal cradle, a swivel windshield suction mounting pedestal, and a set of vent mounting clips. The universal cradle will work with most mobile devices thanks ot its extending arms. Devices between 2 and 3.4-inches will all fit. The cradle’s sides are also padded with a layer foam to ensure that your device is completely secure. It also features a quick release button and swivel back.

The Mobile Mounting Kit can be purchased for $32.95 USD directly from BoxWave.

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2GB Storage Swiss Army Knife

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Jan 282006
 

Swiss Army Knife

The popular Swiss Army Knife gained a USB stick brother a while back. And Swissbit has just kicked up the capacity up to 2GB on the rubyRED and retroALOX versions. Rest assured, you stilll get the knife, scissors, nail file and screw driver. And the rubyRed also comes with an LED light and ballpoint pen. If you travel a lot, the USB storage device can be detached so that airport security does not confiscate your knife.

The new 2GB versions will be available starting in February for €192.00 for the rubyRED and €186.00 for the retroALOX.

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Microsoft to go up against the iPod?

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Jan 272006
 

Business Week is reporting that Microsoft is thinking of developing its own portable digital media player to compete against the Apple iPod. Rather than providing the technology to partners, this effort would be a Microsoft-branded player or series of devices.

Peter Moore, who leads the Xbox business for Microsoft, would not confirm such a device but did indicate that it would leverage Microsoft’s strength in video gaming. It is likely then that the device would incorporate meany elements of Portable Media Center devices and could be branded as an XBox device.

Among the risks that Microsoft has to consider before deciding to proceed could be the alienation of current partners who could then opt to use non-Microsoft solutions. But the stakes (the consumers’ living rooms) are high enough that Microsoft could go for it.

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VITO TaskSwitcher comes to the Smartphone

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Jan 272006
 

VITO Technology has released TaskSwitcher for Windows Mobile Smartphones. This application, already available for Pocket PC devices, allows you to easily switch between running applications (like Alt-Tab does on your computer). To activate it, you use an assigned hardware button. It will bring up a list of open programs. You can select an item and switch to it or close it down. You also have an option to ‘Close all’ applications.

VITO TaskSwitcher is available for $4.95 USD from our affiliate Handango. There are two versions: One for Pocket PC devices and one for Windows Mobile Smartphones.

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Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 beta Available

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Jan 272006
 

Skype

Skype for Pocket PC 1.20 never left beta but now Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 beta is here. It is availalble in 2 flavours: Skype for Pocket PC 2.0.0.39 and Skype for Pocket PC 2.0.0.41 for Pocket PC devices with a 312MHz CPU. Among the changes are the following:

  • Skype for PPC graphics updated to 2.0 style
  • Contact list sorting
  • Incoming chat and call privacy options
  • Cannot cancel login when in ‘connecting’ mode
  • Fix for Skype staying in connecting mode
  • Fix for ‘Call’ and ‘Chat’ buttons being enabled when user is not logged in
  • Fix for login page being shown before EULA
  • And more.

One prominent feature that did not make it on is the video calling functionality that you can find on the PC version of Skype.

If your processor runs at less than 300MHz and you use an external Wi-Fi card, neither of these versions will work for you.

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More evidence for the iPAQ hw6900

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Jan 262006
 

A document posted on HP lends credence to the rumours that the iPAQ hw6900 family is real. The document, a Declaration of Conformity provides little information excep to list the following models: the hw6910, hw6915, hw6920, hw6925, hw6940, hw6945, hw6965 Series Mobile Messenger.

The declaration shows part numbers only for the hw6910 and hw6915 (with camera) and available only in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria, German,y France, Spain, UK, Italy, Russia and South Africa.

Note: The ‘More information’ link will take you to a PDF document. But given that this document is a legal filing that might only be required in certain countries, I would not take this to mean that the hw6900 will not be available in North America.

Source: Mobility Today

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G500 Pocket PC Phone with Integrated GPS from E-TEN

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Jan 262006
 

E-TEN G500

E-TEN has announced its first Pocket PC Phone with integrated GPS (using the SiRF Star III chipset), the G-500. It sports a Samsung S3C2440 400MHz processor, 64MB RAM and 128MB Flash ROM, uad-band GSM/GPRS support, Bluetooth 1.2, a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, 1.3MP camera with 4x digital zoom and video recording and a miniSD slot. It uses the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system.

The G-500 comes fairly well-loaded but does not come with Wi-Fi or EDGE/UTMS support.

The G-500 measures 119 x 62 x 23mm.

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