SoftMaker has released updates for two of its popular Pocket PC applications, making them fully compatible with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.
Ever since President Bush declared an end to the hostilities in Iraq and all is peaceful (cough, cough) it's time for the military to start experimenting with new toys and technology. This month GIs and other military personnel in Iraq will start using PDAs to collect intelligence data in a real-time fashion. To gussy up the name PDA, they're being called Commander's Digital Assistants (CDA) though. This is all part of the U.S. attempt to develop it's "Future Soldier" for the digitized battle-fields of tomorrow. The burning question however, is the CDA they're using Palm OS, Microsoft OS or Linux?
Kaspersky Labs has detected Backdoor.WinCE.Brador.a, the first backdoor for PDAs running under Pocket PC (based on Windows CE).
msmobiles.com is reporting that they've obtained the release date of Microsoft's next phone operating system. While not officially referred to as Smartphone 2006, the naming convention would match prior releases of this nature. The new OS is said to be based on the Windows CE 5.0 core and will boast a camera and notifications API, amongst other improvements.
Sierra Wireless has launched their first Smratphone, the Voq Professional Phone, on the KPN network. The Voq is powered by Microsoft's Smartphone 2003 and features a unique flip-open QWERTY keypad for data entry. The Voq devices are on sale now for $99 (Euro) with a 2-year phone plan and a 5MB data plan.
Microsoft last week announced that its new consumer targeted device, the Windows CE OS based Portable Media Center (PMC), will become available in August and can be preordered exclusively through Amazon.com. The question I have, who’s going buy these things? If you have a Pocket PC or an ultra portable notebook you can already accomplish a lot of the things this device offers, plus a whole lot more with a device of similar size. So why would you ever bother buying something for $500 that has less functionality and can’t record TV or download content as a standalone device?
Introducing the once Pocket PC 2002/Windows Mobile 2003 only, now Palm Zire71 enabled SD WiFi card from SanDisk. Sure, they told the PalmOS community that the driver and card would be available long before now. But, after a few fixed glitches and some pushed back dates, the PalmOS community has a reason now to join the ranks of the boldly wireless. I have spent the last few days with the SanDisk Connect WiFi Card (with the Palm Zire 71 driver), and will below give my mostly favorable impressions of the card and its accompanying software.
Motorola has officially announced the MPx220 for a second time. The new announcement indicates that this smartphone will possibly the first to run Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphones Second Edition.
People who are unhappy about HP's decision to forgo all Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition upgrades have found several ways to express their displeasure.
The three iPAQ rx3000 series models are high-end Pocket PCs with a focus on multimedia. They come with software that allows them to easily play music and video streamed from a Windows PC over Wi-Fi.
Toshiba has now released U.S. versions of the upgrade to Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for both of its most recent Pocket PCs.
Revenues increased for the segment of Microsoft responsible for its handheld and smartphone operating systems during its most recent financial quarter, but not enough to make it profitable.
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