Most handheld Devices today, such as PDAs and smartphones, have more computing power, memory, and storage than desktops less than a decade ago. Seasoned road warriors who continually push the limits of lightening their load while remaining connected are driving the adoption of many new mobile accessories and software products.
Here's a look at some of the best products for mobile users on the go.
EQO Communications announced the rollout of its EQO Mobile Internet Phone Service for Skype onto the J2MEE platform yesterday. The move will enable some 150 million J2MEE-compliant mobile phones to see the presence status of their buddies, send and receive text messages to other Skype users, and start multiparty chat sessions, as well as place and receive Skype calls. The EQO client runs on Nokia, Motorola and Sony-Ericsson handsets.
EQO is hardly the first to deliver mobile Skype, but it is the first to deliver it on such a breadth of telephones.
HP is now providing Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 upgrade for your iPAQ for those of you that live in North America. This upgrade offer provides you the ability to upgrade your HP iPAQ hx2000 and hx4700 series Pocket PC with Microsoft Windows Mobile Version 5.0, without purchasing new hardware.
Equipment Free Service Will Let Callers Make VoIP Calls Around the World from Any Phone, Even a Cell Phone!
DEDHAM, Mass., March 16 -- RNKVoIP today announced it is preparing to launch its newest product, VoIP2Go(TM), a service that will make VoIP available to all callers, even those without broadband. VoIP2Go will let consumers make VoIP calls virtually anywhere around the world from virtually any phone. The VoIP2Go service will work with all popular cell phone services as well as all wireline telephone services and will require no additional equipment.
When wireless hot-spots started springing up in cities circa 2001, this shift had dramatic impact on the way people interacted. Released from their wireline chains, people were no longer constrained to use their computers in isolation.
In May 2006, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will auction airwave spectrum to allow broadband Wi-Fi on airplanes flying over North America on a ground-to-air network.
Sage Software announced today the new ACT! for Palm OS 2006 product for use as a mobile productivity tool with ACT! by Sage contact and customer management solutions. ACT! for Palm OS operates as a native application on an individual's Palm OS handheld device to enable access, adding and updating of pre-defined and custom data fields, notes and history, activities, calendar information and sales opportunities.
NetMotion Wireless has announced the availability of Mobility XE for Windows Mobile 5.0, Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition devices. Supported devices include the Palm Treo 700W, Verizon XV6700, Sprint PPC 6700, Cingular 8125, Dell Axim X51v, HP iPAQ hx2790 and Symbol MC70. The Mobility XE mobile VPN secures enterprise data communications and makes mobile workers more productive when using wireless data networks to access corporate information and applications.
Microsoft Corp. finally took the wraps off its mysterious Project Origami on Thursday, unveiling a computer that's about the size of a large paperback book but runs a full version of the Windows XP operating system.
The ultra-compact, wireless-enabled PC is everything a full computer or laptop is, minus the keyboard. Weighing about 1.1 kilograms, the 2.5-centimetre thick device sports a 18-centimetre touch-sensitive screen that responds to a stylus or the tap of a finger.
Intel showed off its vision of the ultramobile portable computer today, and CNET got a good look at the mini-tablet, which has a 7-inch display, runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and offers full internet connectivity. While the devices -- which CNET referred to as "Origami-like" -- are fully functional, they're clearly prototypes: battery life is limited to a paltry 15 minutes. However, Intel execs said that early production models should have three-hour batteries and retail for under $1,000, while versions with all-day batteries and lower price tags (including that $500 sweet spot) should be available next year. According to CNET, versions of the UMPC will ship "in the next few weeks," so if you want to get your hands on one, you may not have to wait too much longer.
Audible Logic and Cardonware have jointly developed and released a software package for Windows Mobile handhelds that offers access to a wide range of broadcast streaming-audio content. SelectRadio includes pre-defined screens of channels from top broadcasters, including XM Radio Online, Shoutcast, and Internet radio pioneer Radioio, according to the partners.
Half of all malfunctioning products returned to stores by consumers are in full working order, but customers can't figure out how to operate the devices, a scientist said on Monday.
Product complaints and returns are often caused by poor design, but companies frequently dismiss them as "nuisance calls", Elke den Ouden found in her thesis at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands.
StreamerNet Corporation today announced, "that its mobile-wireless audio and video streaming technology enables owners of Windows Mobile devices, such as the Treo 700W and other Smartphones, to view live audio and video streaming events straight from a remote camera to the handheld. In addition to remote viewing, StreamerNet technology also enables the user to receive and watch video email on the handheld device."
This is a good way to check on the baby or the dog or other things that are important in your life. It is also probably a good way to get your cell phone agreement canceled for "excessive use."
Earthcomber, touted as "the ultimate personal navigator," is introducing itself to users of Windows-powered PDAs and smartphones. This free service has already generated substantial buzz among Palm-powered loyalists.
To the naked eye, Earthcomber first appears like any other type of navigation software - except that its GPS-enabled maps for all territories in the U.S. are conspicuously missing a price tag. All maps, "Look Lists" and "Community" features are entirely free, providing users with tremendous new travel tools at no cost.
Microsoft's Automotive Business Unit has just introduced Windows Mobile for Automotive, a software platform and hardware reference design that is designed to help the automotive industry speed the development of safer, more reliable and affordable in-car infotainment systems for drivers and passengers worldwide.
One problem: I think Microsoft has made more or less the same announcement every year for at least the past 6 or 8 years, starting back when the operating system was still called Windows CE. And what Microsoft computer applications are running NOW in your automobile?
The Cingular 2125 is the first Cingular-branded smartphone that features Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Packed with features, the 2125 is designed to cater to road warriors who want to be productive while on the go. It includes Cingular's highspeed EDGE data network.
Today at the 2006 Geneva International Motor Show, Microsoft Corp.'s Automotive Business Unit introduced Windows Mobile for Automotive, a software platform and hardware reference design that helps the automotive industry speed the development of in-car infotainment systems for drivers and passengers worldwide.
Smartphones' premium prices and "supersized" form factors have historically combined with a limited demand for advanced data services to restrict them to "niche market" status. But 2006 will bring a growth spurt in the smartphone market that will see worldwide shipments more than double. The 123 million units that ABI Research forecasts will be shipped this year will give smartphones nearly a 15% share of the mobile phone market, according to its recent study, "Smartphones: The Next Phase of Worldwide Adoption."