Mobile Tech News — Personality Kits, Mobile Video Searching, and More

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Ascender Personality Kit introduced for Windows Mobile 5.0

One of the more popular aspects of owning a smartphone is the ability to personalize it with the downloading of various backgrounds and themes. The Ascender Personality Kit takes that another step by combining ringtones, themes, background images, and fonts in matched sets with software that lets users select and apply them to their Windows Mobile device.

Accessible by running a Windows PC application, the user can add to their Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone 50 pre-configured templates, or create their own. Each personality is pre-defined with a matching set of components that controls how a device looks and sounds: backgrounds, fonts, ringtones, and the colors of windows, controls, scrollbars, menus and dialogs. The user simply selects a category, then a personality, then applies it to the device. The software connects to the Smartphone via ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center. At any time the user can change personalities or roll back to the original phone settings.

Ascender Personality Kit retails for $19.99 and is available immediately as a software download from the Ascender web site.


Search for Videos with Orb’s MyCasting Service

Orb Networks has announced its free MyCasting service now allows mobile phone users to find and play content from popular online video sites including YouTube, Google,  DailyMotion, and Yahoo. MyCasting reformats media to play on mobile devices.  Orb automatically transcodes the video or audio streams into the appropriate media format, bitrate, and if necessary, screen resolution for the user’s mobile phone.

MyCasting works by logging on to an Orb account from a mobile phone’s native web browser, selecting the Internet video site to be searched, and then typing in the search term.

The Orb MyCasting service is available as a free download at


366 Hymn Stories Available as an Ebook Devotional from Olive Tree Bible Software

It used to be that people would carry a book of carols and hymns during the holiday season to our neighbors; now mobile technology allows us to put those timeless classics into our smartphones and PDAs while still carrying them to our neighbors. In the Olive Tree’s Amazing Grace ebook, each day’s meditation features a carefully selected hymn, a related Scripture quotation, a devotional commentary, biographical facts about the hymn writer, related Bible verse references, several stanzas along with the chorus of each hymn, and a brief word of exhortation or encouragement.

The 366 Hymn Stories Ebook can be viewed for reading with the Olive Tree BibleReader on the following platforms: Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile Smartphone and Symbian.

Download and purchase from the Olive Tree web site ($7.50).




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