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Is This Apple Trademark Dispute Round Two? HTC Touch vs iPod touch

I had to chuckle over this: a few days ago, Engadget.com reported on the latest potential Apple trademark problem.

Remember that ridiculously public to-and-fro'ing between Apple and Cisco over the "iPhone" trademark? Ding, ding, ding... welcome to round two ladies and gentlemen. In this corner, we have a feisty Taiwan-national with Microsoft in its pocket: HTC, and their HTC Touch. In the other, a venerable California hippie on the comeback trail: Apple, and their iPod touch. Fight!


Is That an iPod Touch in your Pocket, or Are You Just Glad to See Me?

I have a 3rd generation iPod. I bought it 2004 after one of our summer interns, a rabid apple fanboy assured me that it would work with windows. Nice of Apple to have not made that clear before, but oh well. Off I was to the local electronics superstore. It and I have been happily mated (except for the crappy headphones, but that's what after market headset purchase are for) ever since.

There have been many generations, and several new models since I got my 3G, but I have not fallen for the siren lure. Even with my passion for pocket pcs, I have skipped generations.


Is That the Sound of Something (Palm Foleo) Crashing in the Forest?

Ok, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, gloating is unseemly.


Looking for a book on Mobile Web Design?

Cameron Moll, who never sleeps it seems (writes books, gives lectures, runs several websites including a very popular one for web jobs while holding down an awesome day job, while still finding time for a gorgeous wife and four fabulous sons with great names), has just published "Mobile Web Design: A Web Standards Approach for Delivering Content to Mobile Devices".


Make Windows Mobile More Like Windows

Interesting little tutorial/guide by Brad Linder over at DownloadSquad.com from June. He covers the look of WindowsXP, Vista, and even mentions something for those who like the look of Linux. Check the comments if you'd like your windows mobile device to sport a PalmOS look.


Official Google Blog Calendar for mobile devices

Devesh Parekh, a Software Engineer on the Google Calendar team has posted the following information:

"We realize that more people in the world have mobile phones than have computers, and people take their cell phones with them everywhere. Since one of our main goals on the Calendar team is to make planning your events and maintaining your schedule as easy as possible, starting today, you can access your Google Calendar account from your cell phone!


Canonical Announces Details of Ubuntu for Mobile Internet Devices


From their press release:

Scheduled for October 2007 Launch

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 7, 2007 – Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced more details on Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition at Computex 2007 in Taipei.

Following discussions at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Seville Spain and a great response from the developer community generally, the target specifications and technical milestones for the project have been agreed.

Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition will provide a rich Internet experience fo


Canonical is Hiring!


Canonical, the company behind the very popular Linux distro Ubuntu, is hiring for a number of positions. Opportunities of very specific of interest to those in the mobile community include:

Ubuntu Project Manager, Mobile & Embedded


Ubuntu Mobile Developer

additional opportunities may be viewed at http://www.ubuntu.com/employment


CNET Reviews T-Mobile Wing

Over at CNET Reviews:

"The T-Mobile Wing is the first-ever Windows Mobile 6 smart phone to land in the U.S., and we managed to get our hands on it. Equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 2-megapixel camera, the Wing is a pretty powerful smart phone. Check out our review for all the details."

They have a video up as well.


Tutorial: Make Opera Mobile Even Better

Download Squad has an interesting and detailed tutorial entitled How to make Opera Mobile even better - Mobile Minute. Definitely worth a read.


Understanding ActiveSync or WMDC Partnerships

Chris at Pocket PC FAQ has an article on "Understanding ActiveSync or WMDC Partnerships"

Summary: With ActiveSync 3.x and 4.x and Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) you need to create a partnership between your Windows Mobile device and your PC in order to sync. The partnership contains the information about what information you are synchronizing between your device and your PC. This FAQ covers important information about these partnerships.


TomeRaider update

YadaByte has recently completed work on new editions of some of its signature ebooks for its popular ereader, TomeRaider. TomeRaider logo Available for a great many platforms (Windows, Pocket PC, Palm, and several more), TomeRaider is known to handle very large reference titles extremely well.


When it comes to WM6, what is i-mate up to?

Over at Engadget, they've got some pretty rendering up of potential form factors of the much-anticipated forth-coming i-mate line.

Details: "With 256MB of ROM, VGA displays across the board, tri-band 3G radios, Bluetooth 2.0, and FM radios, the Ultimates definitely hold their own in the spec department -- the only question, then, is whether they've nailed the industrial design."

I have my eye on the 7150, supposedly, that hinge will rotate it to a mini-tablet-pc style format, and while it's all speculation at this point, if true that would be SO SWEET!!!.


Recent Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) articles at Pocket PC FAQ

My good friend and all-round Windows CE wunderkind Chris De Herrera has just published several articles over at Pocket PC FAQ on Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC).

WMDC Troubleshooting
- This article covers troubleshooting techniques for known problems and solutions with Windows Mobile Device Center. Read more.

How to Create Debugging Logs
- This article explains how to setup Windows Mobile Device Center to create debugging logs.


Where can I find David Allen's "Getting Things Done" 43folders.com podcast?


Those who are fans of David Allen, who wrote the business mega-best-seller "Getting Things Done - The Art of Stress Free Management"

can head over to 43 Folders and download the podcast for a wide-ranging 8-part discussion called "Productive_Talk" that he had with Merlin Mann who owns 43folders.com, a site dedicated to a number of interesting things, including advice on putting Allen's productivity principles into motion.


Cool Google Phone Tricks - Ring Your Missing Phone From Their Site

Over at Lifehacker, Adam Pash shares a really neat trick for those who have misplaced their phones: Using Google Map's new click-to-call feature. Basically, your phone will call itself and you can find it by sound. And even if the call is long distance, Google pays for it, but if the call gets routed to your phone, then of course normal air time charges will apply.


MobileBurn.com reviews the i-mate JAQ3

MobileBurn.com has written a comprehensive review of i-mate's sleek new JAQ3.


Getting a deal with Skype

The free calls via Skype to any phone in Canada/USA is ending, but you can get a deal, 50% off, if you go with their unlimited calling plan before January 31st, 2007. This means you pay U$14.95 for unlimited calling to any regular phone (aka landline, cellular) in Canada or the States, so long as you call from within Canada or the States. computer to computer calls remain free. That's an outstanding bargain! There's software for windows, macs, linux and a variety of mobile devices.


Free eBook - Accelerando from Charles Stross

Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer, Charles Stross has released his latest novel Accelerando under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.


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