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Review of Playaway

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Since my previous mention of Playaway Digital's new audiobook/player combo, I have been in touch with the their Director of Marketing, John Lotenero who was kind enough to ship me one.

I choose the The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown as it seemed timely.


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Looking for a full-featured word processor for your Pocket PC?

The multi-award-winning software company, SoftMaker, is currently conducting beta testing of TextMaker 2006, the next generation of their full-featured 'desktop-class' word processor for Windows-powered Pocket PCs. To get your beta copy - good until May 15, 2006 - visit their beta download page.


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Do You Like to Listen to Audio Books? Check out Playaway...

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Once mainly of interest to people with vision difficulties, books have been available on tape and cdroms for years, decades even. Once portable players became ubiquitous, listening to books moved more into the mainstream. When it came to purchasing, content tended to be pricey, but was available from the library (so long as one was patient), as well as from stores which specialized renting in such fare for a reasonable fee.

Naturally, with the rise of devices which could play digital audio files (even before the iPod), people began to want to have their audio books in these formats.


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What is Flash Player 7 For Pocket PC?

Macromedia - now owned by Adobe - has just released Flash Player 7 For Pocket PC. This time, it is a .cab file, not a .exe file, so one can transfer it directly to the device and install it from there.


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Who's Your Smartphone Daddy?

Ok, it's hard for some not to gloat (and in this case, I might be one of those): first it was Windows Mobile software on PalmOS devices, and then it was Windows XP on MacOS desktops. And today, it was announced that Redmond has just inked a HUGE deal with the U.S. Census Bureau to supply 500 hundred thousand - yes, that's half a million - smartphones to be used for data collection in the 2010 Census.


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How can I recover digital pictures or lost files from a memory card?

There are any number of applications which assist with the recovery of photographs and other files from memory cards which turn evil.

One such piece of software is CGsecurity's PhotoRec.


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What does SlingPlayer Mobile actually look like in action?

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Everyone into mobile video is talking about Sling Media and their recently-released SlingPlayer Mobile. Fellow blogger, Clinton Finch wrote about it on this site, and also reviewed it on his own site.


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Can I get a device-specific version of Skype for my Pocket PC?

In mid-February, Skype started allowing people to download versions specific to their Pocket PC and Windows Mobile devices. I am not sure of the actual differences, as I haven't had a chance to do any tests, but at the site, one is guided to download by company logo.

Previously, one only had a choice of downloading by processor speed, -/+ 312MHz, if I recall correctly, and before that, one could only download one file to fit all pocket pcs running WM2003 or better.


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How do I use PayPal to get Skype Deals?

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Using Skype device-to-device (desktops, laptops, pocket pcs) VOIP software, one can call other Skype users for free. Other Skype services - calls to landlines and mobiles - are available for a nominal cost.


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Internet telephony pioneer Skype is going wireless

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This spring, Santa Clara, California-based Netgear Inc is planning to introduce a wi-fi phone which will be able to handle Skype calls from any wireless hotspot, be it at a home, an office, an internet cafe, or perhaps strolling down the street in those locations which have city-wide coverage.

Last year, eBay acquired Skype which is located in Luxembourg. Skype's programmers are developing a version of their software which will work on regular cellphones. In February at an event in Barcelona, the company demonstrated the software on a Nokia phone.


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Digging for gold on the FCC site: Inventec's 'Mercury' Smartphone

Someone has been poking around the FCC site again, and has discovered that Taiwanese manufacturer Inventec aka Palm's previous 'gal pal' has sent in a full rack of specs (letters, photos, pdfs, etc) for some sort of smartphone - codenamed Mercury - that seems as if it will run Windows Mobile 5 (link).

From the blurry pictures available, it's hard to tell what size the final device will be, but it seems pretty small. This GSM phone with 850 and 1900 Mhz support has a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and miniSD for memory expansion. connection options include IrDA, Bluetooth, USB, and Wi-Fi. since GPS is noted in the documentation, there is even the possiblity of GPS navigation.

And just like other Windows Mobile OS devices, the Mercury will have mobile versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, along with Pocket Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger.

While this looks intereting, all I can say is that I hope this is just a mock up, because visually, it's sad and ugly, and these days, pretty phones rule. If a phone is not a supermodel, it's not going to get much action. And almond - as in a colour for anything, especially computing devices - has long fallen from favour. Just like a cocktail dress or a nice suit, you can't go wrong with basic black.

Some standard accessories (Plastic Stylus, AC Adapter, Stereo Headset, USB Cable):


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CHM eBook Reader for Pocket PC 2.5

Many people, especially (but not exclusively) Windows users, have .chm files. Those are Compiled HTML documents and Microlap's CHM eBook Reader for Pocket PC allows you to view them on your device. And this latest release, v2.5, adds support for Windows Mobile 5.0.


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Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 (Beta)

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Excellent news: On January 26th, Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 was been released.


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New Year, New You... *

(*Disclaimer: Do not engage in dieting and exercising without first consulting your doctor.)

Back in my glory days, I was something of an athlete, not a gifted or natural one unfortunately, but a very hard-working one who was able to excel through endless training and sheer determination. After I unwillingly retired from competition, after realizing that my Olympic dream would not come to pass, I took up body-building to maintain my fitness.


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The Case for Cases

Darn, Dan H stole/used my witty 'pimping' title for my post.

Anyway, although I have been actively involved in the mobile computing community for about 5 years, and have had a number of pocket pcs, a couple of HPCs and one Palm OS device, I have NEVER had a custom case.

I used to wonder about some people who would rhapsodize over their cases, and I thought that the hours spend searching for the ultimate case were wasted ones. I thought that a case is a case, right? Uh, WRONG.


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One Laptop Per Child

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I have previously blogged AND posted (scroll down) on MIT's $100 laptop initiative. I find it to be an incredible project. Basically, the idea is to provide a fully-functional mobile device to every child in a number of developing nations**.

Many people are talking about how they want one for themselves and will keep an eye on eBay, and that chatter is not all tongue-in-cheek.


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Palm users party like it's Windows Mobile 5 ...

...oh wait, it is!

No, hell hasn't frozen over, and pigs aren't flying. In your competitive little heart, you knew this day would come. That Palm would admit the power of Windows and bow down. Do try not to gloat and don't do an NFL-style endzone victory dance. You're probably a geek, and most geeks can't dance. Try to be gracious and not rub it in and laud it over your PalmOS using friends. Remember, living well is the best revenge.


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Mini-Review: Handy Entertainment's screensavers

Handy Entertainment - a well-named company which produces software for mobile devices - has really carved out a niche for itself in the screensaver department.

At one point, screensavers for desktop computers were a real necessity, but that hasn't been so for awhile now, and it's more about the entertainment value.


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Opera 8 browser for SmartPhones

There has been a lot of excitement about the Opera Mini browser preview, so it seems like a good time to mention what is specifically available from Opera for Windows-powered devices.

A visit to the Opera Mobile for Windows Mobile page reveals that "Opera 8 for Windows Mobile Smartphone 2003 phones brings Opera's famously fast Web surfing experience to Windows Mobile devices.


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Opera Mini preview

Opera has released the final preview for Opera Mini for phones not usually capable of running a web browser. It can be downloaded by going to mini.opera.com with a WAP browser and it can also be installed via an SMS messenger.

Detailed downloaded instructions located here state:

1. Point your phone's WAP browser to http://mini.opera.com/
2. Click on Get Opera Mini
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