Mobile Tech News – Return of Launcher X, HubDog, Summer Sports, and More

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The Return of Launcher X

Many long-time Palm OS users will have fond memories of Launcher X, which was once a very popular replacement for the standard Palm OS application launcher. Sadly, it was left to languish for several years, putting it well behind the cutting edge. Fans of it will likely be happy to hear that GoTreo Software has brought this application back to life.

The new version, Launcher X 1.2, offers support for the latest technologies available on Palm OS devices, like the NVFS file system and the five-way D-pad.

This is a free update for those who have bought previous versions.  For new users, it costs $19.95.

For more information on Launcher X, visit the GoTreo Software web site.


HubDog Windows Mobile Media Aggreator Launched

In what is becoming a popular niche for mobile devices, HubDog has introduced one of the more complete Internet portal-type programs available.

This combines a RSS reader, podcast player, a unique search engine, and channels that can be synced with Internet Explorer and Firefox desktop web browsers. HubDog seeks to not only be users’ center for info and entertainment, but also the first application people use to get to that content.

Read more and download at


Pocket Express Brings Early Summer Sports to Treo, Q, and BlackBerry, Win A Porsche

Handmark’s Pocket Express is already a popular application/portal for smartphone and connected PDA users. Now they aim to enhance that experience with free news from the World Cup, NBA Finals, and NHL Finals.

Handmark’s Pocket Express also has a sweepstakes going to win a Porsche. All users have to do is send a text message via Pocket Express to another mobile device to be entered into the sweepstakes.

Supported devices include the Palm Treo with Palm OS or Windows Mobile, other devices running the latest version of Windows Mobile, and all color BlackBerry handsets.

The “Win a Porsche” sweepstakes runs through December 31, 2006.  To download/purchase Pocket Express and get complete details including sweepstakes rules and alternative ways to enter to win are available at the company’s web site.

Astraware Extends Deluxe Discounts Offer

Astraware and Deluxeware have extended their current Deluxe Discounts offers for another week. From now until Friday, June 16 the full Deluxeware range is available with more than 25% off the regular price of every game and application.

Titles available include Blackjack Deluxe, Earth Navigator, Hedgehog, Caribbean Poker, Travel Deluxe SE, and Clock Deluxe.

All titles are compatible with Palm OS 4.0 and up, and can be found on the Astraware web site.


Vodafone and Research In Motion Launch the BlackBerry 8707v in Spain
BlackBerries are making another bloom, this time in Spain under the Vodaphone network. The 8707v packs the usual compliment of BlackBerry features, along with support for Vodaphone’s UTMS network, which gives near broadband speeds and allows for simultaneous voice and data connects.
The 8707v is a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS; 2100 MHz UTMS) device with 64 MB of memory, Bluetooth, and support for JPEG, BMP, TIFF, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Corel WordPerfect and Adobe PDF file formats.
Read more about the 8707v and its availablilty at
SanDisk Launches Fundraiser For Katrina Victims Using Music Downloads For Its Cruzer Freedom Flash Drive
From the press release:

Owners of SanDisk’s Cruzer Freedom USB flash drive can now download more than 40 songs from a variety of international recording artists as part of an effort to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The offer uses a new technology that stores music to the flash drive but allows it to be played on any personal computer and other devices that accept USB connections.

Although the tracks are available for free, SanDisk and the community of artists hope that Cruzer Freedom owners will make voluntary donations to their choice of charities involved with the Katrina disaster relief effort. There are links to these organizations from the Freedom online catalog, which offers books, music and other content. To access the catalog, users plug the drive into a USB port of a computer that is connected to the Internet and click on

More information about the Katrina fundraiser and supported devices (essentially if you play an MP3 on your device, then you can support this effort) can be found at




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