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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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

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Syncing Outlook, Google Calendar/Mail, iPod, & Phone

An anonymous blogger posted his/her(?) solution to sync a multitude of software, services, and devices that don’t normally speak to each other (e.g., Outlook and iPod) in a post titled:

The Holy Grail of Synchronization: How to synchronize Microsoft Outlook (multiple locations), Google Calendar, Gmail, iPod, and mobile phone with Funambol / ScheduleWorld

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Ilium InScribe: Free Text-Entry Software for UMPC

Ilium Software released a free application for Microsoft UMPC (Ultra Mobile Personal Computers) devices. Ilium Software InScribe is a text entry utility that works with the UMPC’s virtual on-screen keyboard to quickly enter text. I don’t know anyone who owns a UMPC. But, if you do, head to Ilium’s website to download their free offering.

You can learn more about the UMPC at Intel and Microsoft’s sites for it found at:

Intel: UMPC.com

Microsoft Ultra Mobile PC

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Avocent SonicAdmin QR and SonicAdmin Pro: Manage Windows Servers from a PDA

Avocent, probably best known for their KVMs announced two products that allows managing a Windows Server remotely from a Blackberry or Windows Mobile based device.
Avocent Corporation Unveils New Products to Enable Management of Servers from Smartphones

Using SonicAdmin QR software, system administrators can access any server allowed by their Active Directory profile to view server statistics, shutdown and reboot servers, view event logs, view and manage processes, manage Active Directory user accounts, and run Quick Commands such as ping, ipconfig and traceroute.

SonicAdmin Pro software offers additional functionality, adding Windows services management, file explorer, file search, file and folder properties, file editor and a Command line interface. The Exchange Server management extensions include viewing queue properties as well as freeze and unfreeze queues and force connection commands. Active Directory management adds user group management and mailbox properties

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