Microsoft Office Mobile 6.1 now available for Pocket PC devices

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Nov 302007
 

Microsoft Office Mobile

Microsoft has released a new version of Office Mobile. Version 6.1 comes with a number of improvements: Compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007 which introduced the new Open XML file formats, the ability to create rich charts in Excel Mobile, the use of SmartArt and Themes in PowerPoint Mobile and the ability to view the contents of compressed (zipped) folders using Zip Mobile.

The update is not a ROM upgrade and will require that you install it to main memory or to your storage card.

The latest version of Office Mobile is available for Windows Mobile 5.0 (with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack – look for a build number higher than 14847) and Windows Mobile 6. Best of all, the upgrade is free if you already have Office Mobile on your device.

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Announcing the newest Gadgetorama Editor-in-training

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Nov 302007
 

My apologies for the lack of news but the newest Gadgetorama Editor-in-training was born at 1552 Tuesday afternoon, about three weeks ahead of schedule (forcing everyone into scramble mode). Everything went well and both Mommy and he are both doing well. Christian, the other Gadgetorama Editor-in-training and now older brother, greeted Noah’s arrival with excitement and lots of jumping around.

While all this was happening, I was still trying to get over the jet lag from my trip halfway across the world and fighting off a nasty cold that I must have picked up on the flight back. It’s been a long but exciting week.

News coverage will resume shortly but probably at a bit slower pace at first as the household gets used to juggling an excitable 3-year old and the demands of a new born!

OQO event set for December 3rd in London

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Nov 262007
 

OQO is set to unveil something called the Anytime/ Anywhere Computing Environment at a press event set for December 3rd in London, England. Details are slim for this exclusive pre-launch unveilingbut James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun received an invitation and expects that a completely new product will be announced.

The event will be attended by OQO CEO Dennis Moore, lending support to the idea that it could be more than just simple updates to existing devices. But Moore has already indicated that we should not expect a model 03 but rather something that we think will be important particularly to the European market.

Could OQO be about to announce a HSDPA-enabled device, model 02 (or E2 as it is known in Europe) or otherwise? We will know early next week.

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i-mate Ultimates to land in early December?

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Nov 252007
 

i-mate Ultimate 9502

According to msmobiles.com, i-mate is finally about to release the first devices in its Ultimate line. The site reports that The Windows Mobile phones from i-mate Ultimate series will be on the shelves in early December 2007!according to reliable information from the source. The story source is attributed to Erik Moser, PR Counsel for i-mate. If this turns out to be true, we finally could see the Ultimate 6150 and 8150 as well as the more recently announced 8502 and 9502.

The Ultimate 6150 and Ultimate 8150 share the following specifications: They are powered by 520MHz Intel PXA 270 processors and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. Both come with quad-band GSM?GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, an nVidia G5500 Graphic Accelerator, VGA touchscreen display (2.8-inch for the 6150 and 2.6-inch for the 8150), 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, 802.11 b/g/e/i Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, XGA direct video out, 2MP camera with 4x zoom and a front-facing VGA camera, FM stereo radio, and a microSD slot. The 6150 has a jog dial on the side and a 5-way d-pad with send and end buttons. The 8150 adds a 12-key numeric keypad.

The 8502 and 9502 are powered by a 400MHz Qualcomm processor and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. They also come with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, integrated GPS and a microSD slot. While the 8502 features a 2.6-inch QVGA display and QWERTY keyboard, the 9502 features a Sidekick-like keyboard below a slide-out 2.8-inch VGA display and an auto-focus 3MP camera.

i-mate has canceled a number of devices this year so let’s see if they are finally able to get things turned around.

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O2 UK launching HTC Kaiser as O2 Xda Stellar

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Nov 252007
 

O2 Xda Stellar

O2 UK is set to offer the HTC Kaiser as the O2 Xda Stellar. When the story first broke, it appeared that this latest Kaiser iteration would include an FM tuner but this has been put to rest by the::unwired.

As with other Kaiser designs, the O2 Xda Stellar will be powered by a 400MHz Qualcomm processor and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. It features a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display that slides and tilts back to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, integrated GPS, a 3MP camera and front-facing VGA camera, and a microSD expansion slot.

The O2 Xda Stellar should be available to customers in early December. Pricing has not been disclosed yet.

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T-Mobile offers unlocked iPhones

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Nov 222007
 

Apple iPhone

In order to comply with an injunction brought on by rival Vodafone, T-Mobile has begun to sell unlocked iPhones in Germany. But it will not be cheap. Whereas an iPhone with two-year contract sells for €399, an unlocked one sells for €999 (about USD$1475).

The injunction filed by Vodafone alleges that the sale of iPhones that cannot work on rival networks is a breach of German laws.

T-Mobile will also allow customers who bought locked phones to have them unlocked. If so, this would mark the first time that a legitimate way to unlock phones is available to customers.

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News slow down next week

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Nov 162007
 

I’m leaving on a business trip later today and jetting halfway across the world! The agenda is pretty full and I expect that I won’t be able to post as much as usual. I’ll do what I can while I fight off jet lag!

If you have not already done so, may I suggest that you sign up to our RSS feed. It will make it easier to track Gadgetorama news!

Normal news coverage should resume in just over a week.

Bell announces HTC Touch with $7 unlimited data plan

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Nov 162007
 

The rumours last week about Bell introducing a new CAD$7 data plan with the HTC Touch have been confirmed. Bell today launched the HTC Touch smartphone, offering clients the ability to add unlimited access to the Internet and email for just $7 a month.

With Bell Mobility’s mobile browser feature, clients can add unlimited access to the Internet and email to their HTC Touch for just $7 per month. They can visit popular Web sites like Facebook, chat with friends on Windows Live Messenger, or access email accounts (including Windows Live Hotmail, Sympatico, Google Mail and Yahoo! Mail) without additional charges.

Pricing information reported earlier was a bit off though. Without a contract, the Touch will sell for CAD$399.95. This falls to CAD$149.95 with a three year plan.

I hope that this marks the arrival of more reasonable wireless data plans in Canada from all players in the market. If not, I may be switching over to Bell sooner than later!

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Weekend fun: Snowed In 6 – Deep Freeze

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Nov 162007
 

Snowed In 6

Clickgamer continues its yearly tradition of offering a new edition of its free Snowed In game for the holidays. It’s FREE-zing! Celebrate Xmas 2007 with Clickgamer.com’s new DEEP FREEZE game. Totally FREE until 15 Jan 2008! This year, Christmas Wonderland is frozen over and the Grinch has returned. It’s up to you to help Santa assemble all his goodies and put the freeze on the Grinch.

The game features two game modes, bonus eye-candy action, a hint system, and online high score boards where you can represent your country. It is available for a wide variety of mobile devices including Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphones and various versions of the Symbian operating system.

Snowed in 6 is available for free from November 15th 2007 to January 15th 2008 from our affiliate Clickgamer.

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E-TEN Glofiish M800 launched

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Nov 162007
 

Glofiish M800

E-TEN has announced the Glofiish M800 which we first found out about back in early October. Very similar to the X800, it adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a faster processor and a more powerful battery. At a launch event held in the UK E-TEN Information Systems has introduced the Glofiish M800, an industry leading Pocket PC Phone that combines the current most advanced mobile technologies to deliver a premium mobile communications experience. In terms of features, the Glofiish M800 sets a new highest standard which few, if any, currently available handsets from other vendors are able to match.

The E-TEN M800 wil be powered by a 500MHz Samsung processor and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. It will include quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSDPA/UMTS connectivity, a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen display, 64MB RAM and 256MB ROM, built-in GPS (SirFStar III chipset), 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a back-facing 2MP and a front-facing VGA camera and a microSD expansion slot.

The E-Ten Glofiish M800 will be available starting in December for £399.

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Spb Insight lands on Smartphones

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Nov 152007
 

Spb Insight

Spb Software House has released the Smartphone version of Spb Insight, its news reading application (supporting full-text articles with pictures as well as RSS and Atom feeds). The software not only decreases data usage, but also saves time by turning those spare moments into quality news reading experiences. Spb Insight is distinguished from mere RSS readers by its capability to deliver full article texts, optimized for viewing on mobile devices.

Spb Insight for Smartphones supports features will full RSS and Atom support (0.9x, 1.0, 2.0), offline reading capabilities, a catalog of preset channels, article thumbnails and more. No desktop component is required to use it. It is compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone and Windows Mobile 6 Standard.

Spb Insight for Smartphones is available for USD$19.95 from our affiliate Clickapps. A trial version is also available. The Pocket PC version is also available from our affiliate Clickapps.

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HTC ships one million HTC Touch devices

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Nov 152007
 

HTC Touch

HTC CEO Peter Chou announced that sales of the HTC Touch have now surpassed one million units. HTC unveiled the HTC Touch back in early June of this year.

When you add in the newer members of the HTC Touch family (like the HTC Touch Dual), HTC expects that sales will reach up to 1.8 million units by the end of the year.

As reported earlier, HTC also expects the good news to continue as it expects handset shipments to grow by 20 percent next year.

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New details on upcoming Dell Tablet

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Nov 152007
 

Dell Latitude XT tablet

Michael Dell, the Dell CEO, showed off the upcoming Latitude XT tablet yesterday at Oracle OpenWorld. Some interesting new details emerged during the presentation. As demonstrated, the tablet will support multi-touch recognition. A video shows how this could be applied in real life applications.

As reported earlier, the Latitude XT tablet should feature a 12.1-inch touchscreen display with either CCFL or LED backlighting and should be powered by a 1.2GHz Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo U7600 processor and a 256MB ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 graphics card. It will reportedly support up to 3GB of memory, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11 n available as an option), in a package weighing less than 1.8 kilograms (4 pounds).

The Dell Latitude XT tablet will ship in a few months. A more precise date was not specified.

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China Unicom also interested in Apple iPhone

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Nov 142007
 

Apple iPhone

Only yesterday, there were hints that the iPhone could be headed to China with China Mobile. Now rival China Unicom has expressed a similar interest. One of their executives, Executive Director Li Zhengmao, is quoted as saying, “But of course, we’re always willing to discuss a good business opportunity if it presents itself. As for whether we’ll talk about iPhones with Apple, you’ll have to ask Apple.”

With China Mobile already expressing concerns about subscription revenue sharing, having another player express interest may well play into Apple’s hands. China Unicom is about half the size of China Mobile (156 million subscribers compared to over 350 million) and it may be willing to make more concessions in order to carry the iPhone and use it to close the gap with their competitor.

The price of the iPhone may also play into all this. At USD$399, it costs more than what the average Chinese earns in a month. If so, the iPhone could find itself limited to an elite audience.

One thing is clear: Negotiations are just getting started so an announcement may still be a ways off. Another concern is the price of the iPhone. The average Chinese earns less in a month than the price of the iPhone (USD$399) so the iPhone could well end up as a luxury item available to few.

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Nokia announces N82 with 5MP camera

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Nov 142007
 

Nokia N82

Nokia has announced the latest addition to its N family of mobile high performance multimedia computers. The N82 is optimized for photography, navigation and internet connectivity. With the tools to discover the places and moments worth capturing, and the capabilities to capture and share them instantaneously, the Nokia N82 offers photography enthusiasts an enhanced camera experience.

The N82 is powered by the Symbian operating system. It comes with a 5MP camera with Xenon flash, a 10x digital zoom and Carl Zeiss optics, assisted GPS (A-GPS), up to 100MB of internal memory, a 2.4-inch QVGA display with automatic screen rotation, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP Stereo audio, FM tuner, and a microSD expansion slot. The standard Nokia N82 sales package also includes a 2GB microSD card.

Unfortunately, as it did with the N95 earlier, the N82 will only be available in Europe and will only support tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and single-band HSDPA connectivity. Hopefully there will be a North American variant as well.

The Nokia N82 is available now for €450 in what Nokia calls “key markets” (Europe).

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