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Skype - new mobile versions released

Net telephony company, Skype has released two updates to mobile version of their popular VOIP software:

Skype for Pocket PC v1.2.0.89
- all Pocket PCs running CPUs at 400MHz or higher

Skype for Pocket PC v1.2.0.91
- all Pocket PCs running CPUs at 312MHz or lower

One can download either an .exe file and install via their desktop, or one can install a .cab version directly to a device or download a .cab version which can then
be transferred to the device via Activ


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Send in the Clones?

Question: With one company basically doing 'private label' manufacturing, in other words, making a bunch of clone PPCs that everyone then slaps their logo on, is there any innovation left in the industry when it comes to hardware?


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Results of SPB Software House's 2nd Annual Spb Pocket PC Survey

Press Release: "Spb Software House announces the results of the second annual Spb Pocket PC Survey, a global survey for Pocket PC users. We would like to thank all who participated in the survey. The results of this survey will help us understand Pocket PC users and their needs better. This year we have the exciting opportunity to compare the results of the two surveys and understand what changes are occurring within the Pocket PC community.


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Extending the lens capability of your PPC

A host of "fanboy" geek sites too numerous to mention are reporting on the latest cheasiest accessory for video/photo cellphones: conversion lenses (telephoto, macro, wide, super-wise) which stay on via a magnet.

Some are salivating while others are mocking. Still, there's no reason why it won't work - if one can use that term - for pocket pcs with built-in cameras - unless they are made of plastic.

Price: approximately $60.00.


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Sharp ships first Japanese-language WM5 Pocket PC Phone

Windows for Devices is reporting that Sharp Electronics is claiming to have shipped the first Japanese-language WM5 Pocket PC Phone.

Known as the W-Zero3, the device is based on a 416 MHz PXA270 processor, and comes with 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash memory. The 3.7-inch "ASV" (Advanced Super View) LCD displays full-VGA (640 x 480) resolution.


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Partnership: Skype, Logitech and Creative

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According to Information Week, Logitech and Creative own 75% of the web-cam market, and now they have partnered with internet telephony company Skype to make sure that their product will be compatible with Skype's new 2.0 VOIP software which now supports video-conferencing.

Creative has introduced the Creative WebCam Instant Skype Edition.


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Skype 2.0 Offers Integration with Microsoft Outlook

Launched on December 1st, Skype's beta 2.0 computer-to-computer calling software offers more than just the long-awaited video-conferencing feature. Users will be able to install a toolbar which will let them search in their Microsoft Outlook contacts and then call them.


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Skype Releases Video Beta

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Skype has just released a beta version of its VOIP software which will do video. Right now, it's only available for computers running Windows XP, and can be downloaded from here.


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Symbol Technologies and Avaya Announce Collaboration

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According to a press release dated November 30, 2005,
Symbol Technologies Avaya are entering into a large enterprise mobility project and have "...announced the availability of a joint mobility solution that helps mobile professionals easily access essential enterprise applications and communications capabilities as they roam throughout their workplace.


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New Orleans gets free city-wide Wi-Fi

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The Washington Post and Yahoo News are both reporting that New Orleans is about to deploy America's first municipally-owned Wi-Fi network.

The Big Easy had been working on such a system before Hurricane Katrina hit; in fact, the police were already using it.


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Dell Axim X51/X51v ROM Update

I am wondering what sort of results people have had in installing the Dell Axim X51/X51v ROM Updates: Axim X51 QVGA ROM Update (416MHz and 520MHz) and


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Launched: Nintendo Wi-Fi Game Network, world-wide and free

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According to a recent JiWire WeeklyWire newsletter, Nintendo has launched its world-wide free Wi-Fi network for users of its DS dual-screen mobile gaming platfrom.

Currently, there are more than 6 000 hotspots, including locations in Canada and the States, with 15 000 more slated to debut, with 7 500 alone in the United Kingdom. Apparently, Nintendo has partnered with a major hotspot provider, and McDonalds is among the many world-wide locations.


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Tallahassee Democrat: "Smartphone battle widens"

Although it does not run a Microsoft operating system, the Blackberry 8700 from RIM is considered to be a 'smartphone' [PDF datasheet].


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Jadavpur University and Hewlett Packard (HP) India sign MoU

According to Kolkata Newsline, Jadavpur University and Hewlett Packard (HP) India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further develop JU's existing Centre for Mobile Computing and Communication. Given the institution's existence, KN notes that JU will only need "to upgrade the existing infrastructure and make its research and development (R & D) projects more market oriented". Additional details...


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$100 laptop debuts

The $100 laptop developed by M.I.T, and intended for deployment in developing nations, and previously discussed here our forums, was previewed at UN World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis on November 17. Read the BBC article here. Pictured demonstrating the devices are Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and co-founder of the Media Lab at MIT and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.


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Possible fix for Dell Axim X51/X50-WM5 Known Problems

According to a recent post on the official Dell Axim forums which claims the information came from a tech support rep, on November 24th, Dell is going to release a download that is supposed to fix some of the known issues for these devices.

Those issues are relevant to devices upgraded to WM5 and those devices which shipped with WM5 and include (to quote from two other posts in the same forum):

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