Agendus for Windows Mobile Smartphones integrates your Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks with lots of personalization options like views, colors, and icons. The same core data from Pocket Outlook is used so there is nothing special you have to do to sync your data with Outlook or your Exchange server. You can also get weather forecasts, quotes-of-the-day, and Day in History information on your Today View with a wireless connection in the Professional version. Check out the comparison table to see the differences between the Standard and Professional editions (not to be confused with Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional). One of the major differences is the mapping functionality where the Professional Edition allows you to quickly view a map of a contact or appointment if a location is in the data field. There is a trial version available and the full retail version of the Professional Edition can be purchased for US$24.95 with the Standard Edition priced at US$19.95.
The Mobile Gadgeteer
Professionals are doing more today on the go than ever before. Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile gadgetry such as iPads, Android tablets, cutting edge smartphones, portable gaming,
Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
Back in December I posted the news that Office 2007 native file formats were incompatible with all mobile device operating systems. You could always have people save the documents in Office 2003 and earlier format and then email the document to you, but that isn't an efficient way to work. DataViz is the first mobile software developer to release an updated product that supports these new Office 2007 native file formats. Documents To Go 10 Premium Edition for Palm OS is now available for those of you with Treo 700p, Treo 680, Tungsten X, and other Palm devices.
Apple and EMI Music announced a DRM-free option will be available for all EMI Music titles on the iTunes store starting in May. You'll be able to pay 30 cents extra for music with no restrictions and listen to the song on all your mobile devices and digital audio players without having to worry about compatibility. Hopefully, more major record companies will see the benefits of providing DRM-free music in the future.
Handmark's Pocket Express is an application and service that provides news, sports and weather for free and 411 services, movie times and reviews, street-level mapping, directions, stock info, and Oxford dictionary definitions for a small monthly fee. It is a very handy experience that is available for Palm OS, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile devices. Handmark made an announcement at CES revealing that the fourth edition of Pocket Express will be coming soon and offering you a complete assortment of travel data and services. The fourth edition of Pocket Express includes flight status, OAG flight schedules, hotel search, currency conversion, and travel phone numbers in the Pocket Express Travel channel. As a regular traveler myself, I look forward to trying out these new features on my devices.
Zune update version 1.3 is a firmware update that fixes existing problems on the device without offering any new features. The fix was released with little fanfare, which makes sense because it would just highlight some of the issues the device is having. Enthusiasts are still holding out for a firmware update that brings some real features to the Zune, but after 5 months there still isn't any solid confirmation that these features are coming anytime soon.
In my blog entry on VoIP services on Nokia S60 devices I discussed a bit of my experiences with Truphone. At that time Truphone was offering free calls to landlines until 31 March, but I just saw the news that this offer has been extended until 30 June and includes free calls to 40 countries. If you have a compatible S60 smartphone then I highly recommend you give it a try. I just wish the Nokia N80ie battery would last longer than a few hours so I could use the service more than I already do. You can also talk to people and receive calls from them via Google Talk so your friends and family don't even need a S60 device to call you via Truphone.
In show #94 we chatted a bit about CeBIT and the UMPC devices that were announced at the show in Germany. We gave our thoughts on models we liked and what 2007 may bring for the UMPC. James revealed that he picked up a MacBook Pro as a desktop replacement and he talked about testing out Vista on a Mac. We are all on Twitter and actually took a live Twitter question during the show to comment on in regards to mobile Twitter clients.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) issued a couple of press releases at CTIA Wireless 2007. The first showcases the new Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR specification that includes improved pairing and lower power consumption features. The second press release provides results from a recent study on the awareness of Bluetooth technology, which continues to grow each year.
CTIA Wireless 2007 is taking place in Florida this week with some famous keynote speakers. A ton of mobile news should be coming out this week and Sony Ericsson's announcements included a new HSDPA clamshell phone and a new Walkman phone. They also revealed that the new Z750 will be running the latest Java Platform 8 operating system with advanced security features.
HTC manufacturers some of the best Windows Mobile devices and has several in the pipeline for 2007 as previously revealed at 3GSM. CTIA is now taking place in Florida and HTC shocked me a bit with the announcement of the upcoming HTC Shift device that runs Windows Vista. The HTC Shift specs include a 7 inch widescreen touch display, tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, 30GB hard drive and innovative QWERTY keyboard with a cool sliding mechanism. The other cool part of the announcement today is that the HTC Shift will be sold as an unlocked device here in the U.S. in the 3rd quarter of 2007. Pricing information was not revealed and it will be interesting to see where it falls into the UMPC market.