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Opera 9.5 Beta - Available Now!

Hello, my name is Dale and I am an Opera Mobile addict. Okay, now that I have THAT out of the way, let me tell you, I LOVE OPERA. Nope, not the kind with the heavy weight, horn-helmeted singer, but the Opera that makes my mobile web viewing so nice. I have been using Opera Mobile for a couple of years now and I have to say that it is, by far, the best mobile web browser I have ever encountered. In my article on replacing a laptop with a mobile device, I talked about the fact that Opera Mobile was indispensable in my effort to use only my mobile device.


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Extreme Time Management - The Windows Mobile Solution

Time Management. In a busy world, we hear about time management quite often. We hear business people saying they need to do it better. We hear experts telling us they will teach it to us. We hear it from the boss, and we hear it from out employees. It's everywhere, yet so few really do it well. How can something so important to peoples heavy laden schedules, seem to be so elusive? Where can I get more time, and what do I do with it when I do get it? What the heck does time management mean?


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T-Mobile MDA Vario IV - Awesome Specs!

MoDaCo recently reported on the European release of the MDA Vario IV (formerly the HTC Raphael) by T-Mobile. Hopefully we will see it on this side of the pond soon. What stands out with this device is the reportedly incredible specifications. Take a look:


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My Personal Top 3 Game Picks

I have never really considered myself a hardcore gamer, but I have to admit that I really enjoy the few games that I do have on my Smartphone right now. They are probably not the newest, shiniest or most intense games on the market, but they sure seem to entertain me well. Since we were asked to review our top three picks this month, I decided to share my own personal preferred "oldies but goodies."

Skyforce and Skyforce Reloaded


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Spring Cleaning for the Windows Mobile User

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I was unable to post any new blogs in May and June. I really missed out on some great topics, so I thought I might play as though I am being fashionably late and contribute anyway. Better late than never.

Although I try to keep my Pocket PCs or Smartphones “clean,” I sometimes find that I let old files and system junk build up. In the business world they say that around 85% of all paperwork is not needed. The same is true with our computer storage. Most of us tend to keep many files that no longer serve any purpose.


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The Features I Would Like to See Added to Windows Mobile

This month our focus is on Windows Mobile features that we would like to see added to the platform. While it is doubtful that any operating system is perfect, Windows Mobile has been taking it on the chin as of late. One of the main reasons is the recent hype surrounding the iPhone, and its simple, finger-touch enabled, OS. Many Windows Mobile fans are wondering why some of the iPhone’s features have never been included in any of the WM updates. I have never been secretive about my feelings for Windows Mobile. Again, it may not be perfect, but I do love what it can do for me. I feel there are too many limitations with the iPhone as it pertains to business usage, but perhaps Windows Mobile could take a few pages from the Apple playbook. With that said, I wanted to focus on improvements on the Windows Mobile user interface, and upgrades that might improve its standing with the general public, and not just business users.


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The One Windows Mobile 'Tweak" I Can't Live Without

Well, I have to say that when it comes to the Windows Mobile "Tweak" that has best served me, simple has been the best. What do I mean? Simply stated, my one most needed tweak was one of the simplest to be had. Clear-Type in lnadscape mode. Hardly earth shattering, but the simple ability to have Clear-Type capability in landscape mode on my AT&T 8525 has made a big difference in the way I am able to use my device.

In the upcoming issue of Smartphone and Pocket PC magazine, one of my articles explores the possibility of replacing a laptop with a Pocket PC. Although we may not quite be there at this point, I was surprised at the result.


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My Best and Worst Mobile Device Experience

My Best and Worst Mobile Device Experience

When we were recently asked to pen a blog entry on our best and worst mobile device experiences, I could not help but crack a smile. I quickly remembered what brought me over to the Windows Mobile world a few years ago. I was originally a Palm OS user, but it was the problems I had when using that system that caused me to look elsewhere for something better. Let me share the experience that first made me a Windows Mobile man.


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My Favorite Commercial and Freeware Applications

My Favorite Commercial and Freeware Applications

The thing I have always loved about Windows Mobile is the sheer volume of available applications. Windows Mobile is a dream for anyone who enjoys looking for cool new things to do with their mobile device. I have to admit that I love trying out new applications, and I even keep an extra Pocket PC around for just that. That is not to say that I always keep every application I try. Some work well, but some don’t make the grade. Either way, I still enjoy seeing what I can do with my Windows Mobile device and the right software.

As much as I enjoy trying out new applications, I do have a few favorites that I find indispensable to any device I am using. I broke down the applications into two categories, freeware and commercial software. Since I like free stuff I thought I would start there.


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Increase Productivity through SMS

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As our own Dr. Hillebrand has often said, the Western Hemisphere is behind the times when it comes to the power of SMS. Text messaging popularity still seems to be restricted to teen communications and the occasional quick “Whazzup†message between friends. In Europe, SMS is a serious business tool that is used for advertising and customer alerts.

I can’t say for sure that we will ever catch up with Europe in this regard.


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Great Software for the Modern Lewis and Clark

I have to admit that I have always been fascinated by stories of great explorers throughout history. I guess it is the idea of people going beyond the limitations others have imposed upon themselves and discovering something new, exciting and even a little dangerous. Vikings travelling thousands of miles in open top ships, Columbus trekking across an unknown sea and Sir Edmund Hillary reaching the summit of Everest…these are stories that intrigue me. To be the first to travel to an unknown land or location, or to find a place where no footprint has been left before, in my mind, that would be exciting.

With this in mind, it is little wonder that the story of Lewis and Clark has always been one of my favorites. They traversed an unknown land to take on challenges of which they had no idea. As scary as that proposition might be, I must admit that I would have loved to been there to see it first hand.


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Amazon’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Device that is Destined to Fail

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Amazon’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Device that is Destined to Fail

It’s not a Windows Mobile device. It’s not even a PDA of any sort. So why am I dedicating time and space to write about it? Because Amazon has given us one heck of a great example of a device that is destined to go places…such as the “Worst Ideas in Device History,†handbook.


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Great Freeware To Improve Your Windows Mobile Experience

Great Freeware To Improve Your Windows Mobile Experience

One of my favorite activities when it comes to Pocket PCs and Smartphones is trying out new software. I am constantly amazed at the vast array of software available and the diverse functions Windows Mobile can perform. For the mobile user, there is plenty of choice when it comes to the applications you can use.

Most mobile software developers offer free trials for those who are interested in their applications. This gives you a chance to try out the functions, and to see if it meets your needs before laying out hard earned money. However, there is also an incredible amount of freeware applications available that will cost the user absolutely nothing!


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Windows Mobile 6 - The First Day! (The sheer enjoyment of upgrading from WM5)

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Having patiently awaited the Windows Mobile 6 (WM6) upgrade for my AT&T 8525, I was thrilled when it was released on October 31st. As soon as I saw that the upgrade was available I was on the HTC America site and downloading it to my PC. Well, I can honestly say that this one was worth the wait!

I know there are several users out there who have bought devices loaded with Windows Mobile 6 already, so many of the features I will mention are not new to them…but many 8525 users will be upgrading at this point and may find that the new features are definite improvements over Windows Mobile 5.


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The first Skype phone and the new AT&T Pantech Duo

Skype phone

The new Skype phone, using Voice Over IP (VOIP), is due to be released this week in Britain, and is scheduled to be released across Europe and Asia through the rest of this year. Reports show that the new phone will retail for £49.99 and includes 3G internet capability, a media player and a 2 megapixel camera to boot.


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