September 2006


Fossil Bluetooth Watch Talks to Your Phone

The USA Today article Bluetooth watches to show who’s calling reports that Fossil and Sony-Ericsson teamed up to create a Bluetooth watch that displays Caller-ID information on the watch and lets you send the call to voice mail if you don’t want to pick up the phone to answer it. It looks like the watch only works with Sony-Ericsson phones that it says that support for other Symbian based phones is planned. The watches will be available by the end of October under Fossil’s “Mobile Wear by Abacus” brand, the regular Fossil brand, and a Sony Ericsson-branded version. Prices will range from $200 to $250.

Mobile Devices
Mobile Phones

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Visual Studio vs. Windows Mobile Software Development

Mel Sampat, a Program Manager in the Microsoft Windows Mobile product group tells us there is nothing to worry about if you plan to use Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and Windows Vista to develop software for Windows Mobile devices. A link to an 8 minute video demonstrating using Visual Studio with Windows can be found at the end of the blog entry…

Developing Windows Mobile apps on Vista

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Windows Mobile

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Wampad Mobile Portal

Wampad websiteGot a note from Shawn McCollum letting me know about his mobile portal site tuned for web-enabled phones (work on PDA format screens too). Its set up to help you find information and display in a mobile friendly format using the Google mobile transformation service. You can search for specific web formats/services such as websites, news, and flickr. You can find it:

http://wampad.com/

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NPR reports about GPS for Cell Phones

NPR has two overlapping (shares content) streaming audio reports about GPS for Cell Phones…

GPS Is Smartening Up Your Cell Phone

…about GPS being an open resource on Nextel phones but not phones from other US mobile phone companies.

Power of GPS Phones Locked Away from Most Users

…adds a bit more focus about why the phone companies have not opened up the ability to develop services for the GPS in many cell phones.

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PlanMaker 2006 for Pocket PC Beta

PlanMaker 2006 Beta image from SoftMaker websiteSoftMaker has a public beta of its PlanMaker spreadsheet for Windows Mobile based Pocket PCs available at its website.SoftMaker PlanMaker 2006 for Pocket PC Beta

The updated Excel Mobile in Windows Mobile 5 has a number of enhancements over previous versions including simple graphs. However, if you need even more functions and feature than Excel Mobile provides, you might want to take a look at PlanMaker 2006 in its Beta release form.

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Pocket PC/Phone Edition
Windows Mobile

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Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 BUT You Might Not Want to Install It

Microsoft made its…

ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2

…for Windows Mobiled devices available as a public download. However, you may want to think twice about installing it if you are using an older Windows Mobile device (pre-Windows Mobile 5). Some features are lost if you upgrade from ActiveSync 3.8.

  • LAN/WiFi synchronization is disabled
  • Access database conversion is lost
  • Support for Microsoft Outlook 2000 is lost
  • Support for devices prior to Pocket PC/Smartphone 2002 is gone

Mobile Devices
Windows Mobile

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