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Pull the (power) plug review: The Solio Solar Recharging Systems

In the current of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine (June/July issue, pages 30-33), I look at all kinds of alternative power solutions for Windows Mobile devices. As a result, I've decided to "road test" many of the devices in the upcoming article and post a quick review on my blog.

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Pull the (power) plug review: Medis 24/7 Power Pack

In the current of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine (June/July issue, pages 30-33), I looked at all kinds of alternative power solutions for Windows Mobile devices. As a result, I've decided to "road test" many of the devices in the upcoming article and post a quick review on my blog. This week, I've been working with the Medis 24/7 Power Pack, a recharging system that the product's manufacturers call a "green" solution to portable energy.


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Pull the (power) plug review: Battery Pack Pro

In the upcoming issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine, I'll explore alternative power solutions for Windows Mobile devices. To that end, I am now "road testing" many of the devices in the upcoming article. This week, I've been working with the Battery Pack Pro, a $22.50 device from the Boxwave Corporation.


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Pull the (power) plug review: USB Powerstick

In the next issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine, I'll be looking at all kinds of alternative power solutions for Windows Mobile devices. As a result, I've decided to "road test" many of the devices in the upcoming article and post a quick review on my blog. This week, I've been working with the USB Powerstick, a $69.95 device from Ecosol Solar Technologies Inc.


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Worldmate is now free!

MobiMate Limited has just announced that they are now offering the basic version of their Worldmate software for free. If you're unfamiliar with Worldmate, it is one of the oldest and most reliable travel applications for Windows Mobile. The software, first known for it's world clocks, in-depth currency and measurement conversions and global weather, has evolved into a complete suite of tools for anyone who travels to remote parts of the world. For more information on the free/pay features available on Worldmate, and a link to download the software, click the Read More link below.


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QuickTip: Color-coded Cable Ties

I've been traveling quite a bit for work, recently, and on the longer trips I’ve been carrying a ton of electronic equipment. Some of the “usual suspects†that I slip into my carry-on include my Windows Mobile device, my MP3 player, my PC, international power converters for layovers in foreign airports, DC adaptors for the plane and much more.

Unfortunately, each of these gadgets comes with a number of power and sync cables, so I created a new system to organize the clutter using Velcro color-coded cable ties. Each device that I carry gets its own color tie.


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The Wednesday Request: How do you "alpha dial?" on a Smartphone?

Gang, I'm stumped. I have a question from a loyal reader, who has the Samsung Blackjack. She asks "How can I dial an 'alpha phone number' (e.g. 1-800-CONTACTS) from my phone when the keypad doesn't list the alphabet on the phone number keys?" I did a little searching and found that many of the Windows Mobile Smartphones suffer from this same problem!

In fact, my fellow staffer Edward M. Zabrek, pointed out in his review of the Motorola Q:

The second problem has to do with labels on the embedded numeric keypad.


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Oops I'm Late! Economy Edition

If you read my Get more from GPS by sharing your location with family and friends article in the latest issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine, you know that there are many applications that will use your current location to provide a whole suite of valuable services like local business search, real-time maps and more.

Oops I'm Late! was one of the most innovative applications that I reviewed for this article, because it actually searches your Windows Mobile Calendar for the next appointment, identifies your location, and "auto-magically" figures out how far you are from the appointment. If you're going to be late, it sends a text message to the person who's waiting for you with your ETA. Last month, the company released an "Economy edition" that offers most of the features of this powerful application at a more palatable price.


Oops I'm Late! will extract your next appointment from the Calendar application and display information on your distance and arrival time based on your current GPS coordinates.


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It's Halo 3 Launch Day! Let's gear-up our Windows Mobile devices!

So, you've probably heard that there's a little game called Halo 3 that came out today. In fact, if you're a die-hard fanboy like myself, you might have been at your local game store yesterday at midnight to pick up your copy. Even if you couldn't venture out into the dark of night, you can still equip yourself with all the latest and greatest gear for your Windows Mobile device that will show off what a big fan you are of this Xbox juggernaut.


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Summer has been a great time for updates!

Well it's been a great, hot summer and the same can be said about the Windows Mobile software space! There's been some great, hot updates to quite a few of your favorite software applications. Let's take a look at some of the highlights:


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Ask the Experts: How do you handle mobile security?

Welcome to August Edition of Ask the Experts – Blog Edition. Today's topic, our fifth in the series, is perhaps the most open, yet critically important topic to date:

"How do you handle mobile security?"

As each blogger on our team answers this question, their entries will appear below as a trackback. Alternately, you can choose to visit your favorite author’s blog by clicking on the links above to read their answers.


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World-wide exclusive: Hands-on with the Trimble Nomad!

Earlier today, TDS (Tripod Data Systems, a subsidiary of Trimble Navigation LTD) announced the Trimble Nomad, their newest rugged Pocket PC. We were honored to receive an exclusive hands-on preview of the product prior to the event, and after using it for a few days, I'd like to offer a "first look" at my experiences with the device.

The Trimble Nomad
Trimble Nomad: the latest rugged Windows Mobile device from Trimble Navigation LTD.


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Devicescape's new "Wi-Fi Buddies" feature

In my Get More from Windows Mobile article in the current issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine, I wrote about Devicescape, the free program for managing your paid and free WiFi networks (Read the original article). Today, the company that created Devicescape has announced an incredible new feature they've just added to this application that will provide you with more control over your own WiFi network and your friends, family and co-workers that you allow to access it. The feature is called Wi-Fi Buddies and it alludes to an entirely new way to safely and securely share your own network while maintaining complete control over your network security.


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My favorite Bluetooth solution: AirShare

If you read my September 2004 article, Get More Out of Bluetooth, you know there are a lot of exciting Bluetooth hardware and software applications available for Windows Mobile devices.

However, there’s a new Bluetooth application that has hit the scene, which actually adds new features to the Bluetooth connections you already have.


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Ask the Experts for Insight: Review your favorite Bluetooth solution.

Welcome to July Edition of Ask the Experts – Blog Edition. Today's topic, our fourth in this series, covers the most innovative technology available on handheld devices:

"Review your favorite Bluetooth solution."

As each blogger on our team answers this question, their entries will appear below as a trackback. Alternately, you can choose to visit your favorite author’s blog by clicking on the links above to read their answers.


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A "powerful" charging solution: The VersaCharger PRO

Lately, I've become absolutely intrigued by mobile power solutions. One novel type of mobile power solution is the 3-in-1 charging system. These systems allow you to recharge your Windows Mobile device at home, in your automobile and while traveling. The team at Boxwave dropped me an E-mail to inform me of their VersaCharger PRO, an improved version of their 3-in-1 charging system.

VersaCharger PRO
The VersaCharger PRO has a sleek design and supports AC (wall outlet) and DC (cigarette lighter adapter) recharging options.


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Coming soon: Hire a “warden” to secure your Windows Mobile device!

There’s a new sheriff coming to town, and he only has one job: standing guard to protect your Windows Mobile device, even when it isn’t in your possession. Corsoft Corporation has created Warden Security, a device protection application that goes beyond a simple password screen. In fact, Warden Security can help to retrieve your device if it’s lost or stolen, with an innovative “remote lock†system that can secure the device and wipe the data even if your device is miles away.


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The application I use daily: eWallet

When I first started using Windows Mobile, I was searching for the "killer app" to install on my handheld. I'm an extremely organized person (perhaps to a fault) and I need to have everything in its proper place in my personal and professional life. Working in the Internet industry, I was overwhelmed with all sorts of private information including passwords, voicemail access codes and so much more. Well, my needs were answered when I found eWallet from Iliumsoft.


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Ask the Experts: What is the one (third party) application you use every day?

Welcome to June Edition of Ask the Experts – Blog Edition. Today's topic, our third in this series, should generate a wonderful variety of responses:

"What is the one (third party) application you use every day?"

As each blogger on our team answers this question, their entries will appear below as a trackback. Alternately, you can choose to visit your favorite author’s blog by clicking on the links above to read their answers.


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How to save space on your Windows Mobile device

Over the years, I've installed thousands of applications on handheld devices. In fact, I may have one of the most "memory-constrained" devices around, because I'm always looking for new Windows Mobile software solutions. Today, we're going to look at a few tips that will help better manage the existing space on your Windows Mobile device.


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