New public beta: SoftMaker Office 2008 for Pocket PCs

A new public beta version of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Pocket PCs is now available as a free download. This new beta comes with several fixes and improvements, such as:

  • The setup program now optionally installs design templates and graphical bullets to a storage card, thereby freeing internal memory.
  • Umlauts and accented characters can now be entered on the Palm Treo’s built-in keyboard.
  • Opening the Zoom dialog doesn’t make the software unstable anymore.
  • If you move Jetcet Print to a different folder, SoftMaker Office will still find it.
  • Slideshows in Presentations now always fit on the screen.
  • SoftMaker Presentations now allows you to insert sound files.

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AT&T announces new approach to early termination fees

 
AT&T today announced a new approach to early termination fees (ETFs) that provides some additional flexibility for wireless customers.  

Beginning on May 25, the company’s new and renewing wireless customers who enter into one- or two-year service agreements will no longer be required to pay a single, flat early termination fee. Instead, that fee, which is $175, will be progressively lowered by $5 during each month, every month, for the term of the contract. (The single, flat ETF will continue to apply to new and renewing customers who enter into one- or two-year service agreements prior to May 25.)

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MapCapt new Release: V2.0 now available!

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GPS Tuner v5.2 Now Available!

I can personally attest to the greatness of this GPS application.  I find it the best program to have when doing off-road and doing things like Geocaching, hiking, etc. 

But don’t just take my word for it!   GPS Tuner was recently nominated and won in the “GPS Moving Map” category in the SmartPhone & PocketPC Magazine’s “Best Software Award”.

For your convenience, I am also including the URL for the directions on how to use the new map functions for both GPS Tuner and Map Calibrator.  Enjoy!

E-TEN Glofiish x500+ Reviewed!

I had the pleasure of reviewing this incredible PDA, the E-TEN “Glofiish” X500+, which has added features like a 640×480 VGA, GPS via SiRFstar III, and a wonderfully useful application set.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When I first heard the rumors about the E-TEN “Glofiish” X500+ back in late 2006, I was smitten by the initial specifications!  This device sounded like it could very-well be my “holy grail” PocketPC: a converged device that featured a Cell-phone, Full PDA, Integrated Camera, Integrated GPS, and most of all, a VGA screen, all in one device!  Woo-hoo!

I was overjoyed to confirm later in February 2007 some additional facts, such as:
1.) The X500+ would come with Windows Mobile 6 Professional,
2.) It’s GPS would be SiRFStar III, and support TMC (Traffic Message Channel).
3.) The Camera would be CMOS based (not CCD!), have a 2-MegaPixel capacity, as well as a camera Flash!
4.) The addition of an integrated FM Radio and stereo earbuds that would act as the Radio antenna.
5.) Support for both WiFi “b” and “g”, as well as Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate).

You can see the whole review here.

When will I get this kind of convergence?

There are many PDAs out there with Telephony services, a camera, and other features, but they are always lacking something: like integrated GPS, VGA, or sufficient base RAM memory.

When will some company create a PDA with these features?

  • Cellular (GSM & 3G) plus Data (GPRS/UMTS/Edge).
  • 4″ VGA (640×480 minimum) screen.
  • Faster Processor (624Mhz PXA270 or better).
  • More SDRAM (128MB minimum, 256MB preferred).
  • SiRFstar III GPS (AGPS would be cool).
  • 3MP Camera, + 1MP front-facing Video Conference
  • Wireless WiFi b & g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
  • SDIO or MicroSD (SDHC compatible).
  • Barcode scanner & Inventory Software.

So far, the Psion Teklogix “iK�n” PDA Phone that Breley alerted us to last week is the closest match to date, but even the iK�n is lacking in a few areas, namely a 2MP camera instead of a 3MP camera, no front-facing camera for Video Conferencing, no AGPS (minor actually), no 3G capabilities, and a 3.7″ screen.  Also, it appears the Barcode scanner/imager is “optional”, so it looks like it may be an “add-on” module.

Next closest is the E-TEN Glofiish X500+, but it too lacks a lot: 2.8″ screen, 64MB of SDRAM, no front-facing camera for Video Conferencing, and no Barcode Scanner.

Can anyone else suggest a device that comes close to offering these same specifications.   I’ll draw the line at UMPCs because I’m still looking for a regular PocketPC.

Wisbar Advance3 Now Available!

If you are interested in finding-out more about this product, click here.

If you already own a previous version of this product, just have the e-mail account you used to previously register this product handy and click here.

Note: Registration does require that your “owner name” be set on the device.

SoftMaker Presentations: New public Beta Now Available

SoftMaker has recently released a new public beta of SoftMaker Presentations for Windows. This new beta version includes the following important bug fixes and improvements:

  • PDF export (this will also be available in the next major release of TextMaker and PlanMaker…)
  • Improved import and export of PowerPoint files
  • Improved management of slide masters
  • Many new features such as pens, text markers or fading effects have been added.
  • Now also available with menus and dialogs in Dutch, Italian, and Bulgarian.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements
  • If you already have a serial number for the Presentations beta, you do not need to register again for the beta. Get the download directly from here: http://www.softmaker.net/down/prw07beta.exe
  • If you are just starting now with the beta test, you need a serial number. Please visit this page:
    http://www.softmaker.com/english/pr_en.htm

Free WiFi Hotspot access for AT&T DSL customers

AT&T recently announced that it was going to provide free access to it’s nationwide Wi-Fi network to all of it’s qualifying DSL customers.   I use this service myself, and it’s quite handy to have free access to hotspots near McDonalds restuarants, UPS Store outlets, and Barnes and Noble bookstores.  This service previously cost $1.99 extra per month for DSL customers, but now it’s free!

AT&T Inc. announced that millions of its customers with higher speed broadband plans can now receive free access to AT&T’s nationwide Wi-Fi network – nearly 10,000 hot spots at popular locations across the country including leading airports, McDonalds restaurants, Barnes & Noble bookstores, coffee shops and popular sporting venues.

With the proliferation of Wi-Fi-enabled devices including, most recently, the iPhone but also laptops, wireless music systems and PDAs, consumers are increasingly looking for on-the-go Internet connections. As the nation’s premier provider of broadband service and with the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, AT&T offers consumers more high speed in more places.

Effective now, qualifying new and existing residential and small business AT&T broadband customers instantly benefit from the free unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity at company hot spots. Qualifying AT&T broadband packages include: AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Pro (up to 3.0 Mbps downstream), AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Elite (up to 6.0 Mbps downstream), FastAccess Xtreme (up to 3.0 Mbps downstream) and FastAccess Xtreme 6.0 (up to 6.0 Mbps downstream).

So if you are a DSL (broadband) customer and had originally paid for this service, you might want to call your local business office to confirm that your account now includes this service for free.

If you are a DSL (broadband) customer and never bought this service previously, call your local business office and confirm that your account qualifies, then request they add it to your AT&T account!