Mobile Tech News — Tiny GPS Receiver, Hidden Expedition: Titanic, TEXTR Turns SMS into Conversations, and More

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Proporta Announces Tiny but Powerful GPS Receiver

Freedom Keychain GPS

Proporta’s newest product, launching next week, is the Freedom Keychain GPS SiRF III Receiver. This tiny GPS receiver, weighing in at a 30 grams, comes with the latest of GPS technology.

Working from a pocket, handbag, or briefcase, it is compatible with all the mapping software currently available. It also comes with a USB charger cable and car charger cable.

This innovative device has a solid working time of up to 10 hours, and is able to connect simultaneously to up to 20 satellite channels.

The Freedom Keychain GPS will sell for $130 from Proporta’s web site.


Astraware Releases Hidden Expedition: Titanic for Palm OS and Windows Mobile

Astraware and Big Fish Games have combined to release a new gaming title for Palm OS and Windows Mobile devices called Hidden Expedition: Titanic. Players search the famed Titanic for hidden objects within the wreckage during 14 diving missions, ultimately leading to the final prize: The Crown Jewels.

Based on the best-selling PC game, Hidden Expedition: Titanic has been adapted to either using the five-way control scheme or the stylus to find a variety of artifacts hidden within the sunken ship.

Hidden Expedition: Titanic is priced at $19.95 and is available for Palm OS 5 high-resolution devices and for Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs running WM2003, 2003SE, 5 and 6. For more information and to download, visit the Astraware web site.


TEXTR Turns SMS Messages Into Threaded Conversations

Palm Treo models have long used an IM-style chat interface to display text messages. Solutions across non-Palm branded devices have begun to trickle out, however. The most recent entry, TEXTR emulates the look and function of the Treo SMS/Messaging application, while also adding a few new features.

It offers conversation-based text messaging organized by who sent the text message. In addition it:

  • Stores and archives text message conversions on a storage card
  • Uses the default contact photo when in a conversation
  • Turns URLs into hyperlinks
  • Automatically changes text into emoticons
  • Customization of display name and display name colors
  • Timestamps and message sorting
  • Today-screen plug-in depicting "new" message, "read" and "unread"

TEXTR is currently available for Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC and Windows Mobile 6 Professional devices. Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone and Windows Mobile 6 Standard support is under development.

It is available as a free trial, or can be purchased from the MyKeySoft web site for $14.95


Palm Canada Releases the Treo 750 on Rogers Wireless

The Treo 750 has been released in yet another market. This time Roger Wireless, a GSM carrier in Canada, has begun to offer this smartphone.

Compared to its previous releases, Rogers Wireless gets the Treo 750 using Windows Mobile 6 and accessibility to Rogers’ High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network.

More information about the Palm Treo 750 smartphone is available at

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