We had a few technical difficulties, but I was back using Qbacca to record my portion of MobileTechRoundup show #81 the next day. We chatted a bit about Palm buying back the rights for Palm OS Garnet and then moved on to the PepperPad 3 device that I actually look forward to checking out more at CES in January. Does push email control you or do you control it? At times we can let it get out of hand and All About Symbian posted an article looking at this addiction many people have. Kevin got hooked on saying Wiki and let everyone know about some Windows Mobile freeware. James also had a free service that he has used in the last couple weeks that looks very cool and works with any mobile that can text message.
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Steve Ballmer had a chat with CNET and talked a bit about mobile devices. He said that he thinks Windows Mobile and Nokia are the two dominant players and that Palm and BlackBerry devices were more niche players. Microsoft has come a long ways in the last few years with Windows Mobile and the Palm OS has continued to lose ground.
If you enjoy social bookmarking and link sharing sites like digg and Netscape and are a mobile technology fan then you'll want to check out the new MobilityBeat site that gathers links from around the world related to mobile gear. For the next 30 days if you submit a story you are entered into a drawing for a Treo 680 as well so go on over and check them out.
The Mac platform isn't the only operating system affected by the new Office 2007 open XML file formats. Users of mobile devices running Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian, and BlackBerry operating systems also will have trouble reading, editing, and creating documents using the new formats. Developers are working on fixes, but at this time no system is working with the new formats.
The gang starts off MobileTechRoundup show #80 on a football tangent, but then gets back on track by discussing two freeware of the show titles you may want to try. We talk a bit about Windows Mobile Crossbow and then how a Dell Axim with Crossbow is still a possibility in 2007. James received a very nice case to review and Kevin has a new slate Tablet PC from Fujitsu in his hands.
The Zune keeps getting knocked and many people are quoting some recent sales data to show how the Zune is already falling down. However, you need to look at other circumstances surrounding when that data was captured and also give an honest look at the Zune in direct comparison to the iPod to see which is the best device for you.
Handmark keeps rolling out new services and features as part of their Pocket Express suite and the latest service offering actually places a call to a live person. MobileCierge provides a quick link to 24/7 assistance for US$5.99 per month and can be valuable when you are out on the road for business and need some help.
Kasey sent me an exciting press release this weekend from EverNote Corporation announcing that Fujitsu will include EverNote on their LifeBook notebook and Stylistic Tablet PC device. If you buy a new LifeBook P1610 Tablet PC that also has a touchscreen display you will get EverNote Plus and EverNote ritePen. EverNote Plus is a great application that lets you capture and organize data quickly and easily. ritePen is a handwriting recognition application that lets you write anywhere on the display of a Tablet PC. This latest partnership is great for both companies and if you haven't tried EverNote for yourself I highly encourage you to download a copy today.
It isn't often that UMPC and Tablet PC users are taken into consideration during software development, but Ilium Software did just that with their latest beta of eWallet 5.0. Try out the application and see how the synchronization engine lets you work where you want to be.
I was browsing the T-Mobile USA website checking out the possibility of picking up my own RIM BlackBerry Pearl when I saw that the T-Mobile Dash has now fallen to US$149.99 after a US$100 instant discount and US$100 mail-in rebate. This is US$50 less than I paid a month ago and is such an excellent deal that I just had to mention it here on my blog. The QWERTY keyboard smartphone market is hot right now and there are plenty of options for gift givers with multiple carriers.