Saturday, September 30, 2006

An Opportunity is Knocking .....

Every once in a while you get an opportunity "knocking at your door" and this is one of those times.

When I got my first Pocket PC, the very first program I purchased was RESCO Explorer, the second program I purchased was TextMaker.  I have never had a pocket PC without both these programs installed since that time. 

 Why?  Because productivity was the name of the game and these two programs provided me with the opportunity to maintain my personal productivity at a very high level.

For those of you that have NOT tried SoftMaker Office, it is a wordprocessor and spreadsheet combination that once you try it, you will ALWAYS use it.  It is just absolutely incredible to see and use such a powerful and easy to use program.  No more will you ever be concerned about how your work will "interface" with Microsoft Office.  It just does and does so flawlessly. 

I encourage you to "open the door" of opportunity and try out the public beta of SoftMaker Office 2006.  I am convinced that after you try it, you will add this powerful program to your cadre of "must have" programs.

SoftMaker Office 2006 for Pocket PCs is now in public beta testing!

You can download the beta for free from the SoftMaker web site:

SoftMaker Office contains our two desktop-class office applications for Pocket PCs in one package:

- Word processor: TextMaker 2006 for Pocket PCs

- Spreadsheet: PlanMaker 2006 for Pocket PCs

With SoftMaker Office, you can work on important Microsoft Word and Excel documents and be certain that all formatting and content will be preserved. No other mobile office suite offers this.


NOTE: If you already use the beta of TextMaker for Pocket PCs and just want to extend it until October 31, 2006, you can also download the TextMaker-only beta here:

(You need your TextMaker beta serial number for this, and it won't let you try out PlanMaker. So, better get the complete SoftMaker Office beta...)


More about SoftMaker Office 2006 for Pocket PCs:



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The 2007 Best Software Awards Finalists

Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine has announced the 2007 Best Software Awards finalists and has them listed them on the nomination page.  A finalist icon appears next to their name on the nominations listings page.  Winners will be announced with the publication of the 2007 Buyer's Guide, and will appear on-line no later than October 16.

This was an extraordinary opportunity to test a myriad of outstanding products.  For the consumer, when you just are not sure what product will suit your needs, this listing of nominees and finalists can serve as a huge help in making a decision on which product you want to purchase.

Take a moment and navigate over to the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine site and look at the list.  You will be impressed with the number of nominees and I expect will be pleased with the choices of finalists.

Are you interested in $3400 of award-winning software at a HUGE discount?

Full Versions of 130 of the Winners and Finalists from the 2005 Best Software Awards in our 2006 Best of Everything Software Package. A staggering $3400 worth of "THE BEST" software as chosen by independent experts for only pennies on the dollar! You've got to see it to believe it. Try it RISK FREE and keep almost $100 of FREE Gifts, including the 2006 Demo CD featured above! More info at

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars

Truly, one of the most incredible games I have ever engaged.  This is one RPG that you just won't put down. To celebrate the Broken Sword 1996 release, Astraware has a SPECIAL OFFER you don't want to miss!

Astraware and Revolution Software are excited to announce a special Broken Sword promotion to celebrate 10 years since the release of the original Broken Sword.

When the game was originally released on 30th September 1996, no-one could have forseen that the game would still be receiving rave reviews a full decade later. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars has been released on several platforms including PC, PlayStation®, GameBoy Advance®, and most recently for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile®. Broken Sword is now an award-winning franchise with three sequels. The most recent, Broken Sword 4: The Angel of Death, has just been released and is currently number 1 in the charts.

"We always dreamed of writing the game on a device that would reach beyond hardcore gamers; with the emphasis on intelligent, cerebral gameplay, rather than the requirement for manual dexterity, the game was always intended to have a broad appeal. Writing the game on Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® platforms has finally allowed us to achieve this goal", said Charles Cecil, Managing Director and co-founder of Revolution Software.

"We are really proud of how the game has turned out on Palm OS® and Windows Mobile®", said Tony Warriner, co-founder of Revolution Software, "The PC version was praised for its beauty and subtlety, and this has translated perfectly".

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the release of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars, Astraware is making the game available at a very special discount price. From Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October 2006 only, the game is available with an Anniversary-only discount.

 Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars : Astraware

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RhinoSkin Protects Motorola Phones with New Leather Cases

RhinoSkin Expands Case Line into Cell Phone Market with RAZR and SLVR cases

RhinoSkin’s RAZR and SLVR cases provide fashionable, inexpensive protection for these ultra-thin mobiles. The premium sheepskin leather cradles the phones in style without adding bulk. Integrated durable shields protect the phones from damage.

Both cases feature internal magnetic closures. A low-profile belt clip holds the case firmly at your waist.

RhinoSkin cases include the StuffBak loss prevention labels – a $10 value – at no extra cost.


Motorola RAZR Series Leather Case (00661-00662) - $24.95
Motorola SLVR Series Leather Case (00663) - $24.95

Friday, September 29, 2006

HP iPAQ rx5915 Travel Companion

A NEW iPAQ from HP looks pretty cool at first glance. 

Navigate, stay connected, and be entertained when you travel for business, for pleasure, or both. The HP iPAQ rx5915 Travel Companion helps you make the most of travels ranging from walks around the block to jaunts around the world. This thin, stylish GPS navigation system guides you virtually anywhere with ease.

Check out HP's site for the specs here

Thank you Engadget!

Last night, the Engadget folks were in Boston and had a get together for their readers at Jillian's restaurant.  Peter Rojas and his folks did a great job welcoming, providing T-shirts, some nice munchies and had a raffle of some GREAT give aways! 

Prior to the event, I met up with James Kendrick, Chris Leckness, Steven Hughes, Arne Hess, and Don Sorcinelli for dinner at Boston Beer Works (I don't reccomend the fish&chips but they had great onion rings and terrific beer).

(L-R James Kendrick, Arne Hess, Steve Hughes, Don Sorcinelli, Jack Cook -- Chris Leckness was the photographer)

There was quite a crowd of folks there...I'd guess well over 600.  There were a few vendors there showing off some "goodies" that looked pretty cool.  Hopefully we will have one of the neat things we saw for a was very cool!

(L-R Peter's fiancee, Peter Rojas, Jack Cook)

A special THANKS to Peter Rojas for thinking enough about his readers to host an event to say say hello while he was in Boston.  It was a great time!

FREE Tools - easily search, browse and access information and content

UpSNAP launches a suite of Mobile applications powered by pay-per-call that make searching for mobile content easier. The new WAP and J2ME application offers free 411 and 600 other content and information channels ranging from Hip-Hop to religion.

 UpSNAP, Inc. launched a comprehensive suite of applications for mobile search, information and entertainment, powered by pay-per-call mobile advertising.  The mobile search platform allows consumers to easily search, browse and access information and content via their phone using WAP, text messaging or a software application downloaded onto the mobile handset.

The UpSNAP search engine provides access to content from over 600 radio channels and offers a host of mobile information and search services. Consumers can choose from free services and individual audio programs, or premium services and content packages. No credit card is required to purchase premium services, as customers are billed directly via their cellular phone bills.

The applications themselves are free to consumers, though carrier related charges may be incurred depending on the user’s wireless plan. UpSNAP derives revenues from pay-per-call advertising that is built into the information services. When a consumer searches for a particular service or merchant and calls them using the data services, the merchant pays UpSNAP for the customer referral.

When using competitors’ offerings, consumers either have to download multiple applications and pay subscription fees for each service or are charged by the carrier for directory services such as 411. Now consumers have everything in one convenient, free application and can simply choose the search platform of their choice depending on their handset type.

Current services include:
Free 411, Hip-Hop Radio, Religious channels, Audio Horoscopes, News & Talk, Sports, Weather, Stock Quotes and Podcasts, amongst over 600 channels.

UpSNAP CEO Tony Philipp states, "Mobile search is not about putting browser technology on a cell-phone. It’s about allowing the consumer to search, access and enjoy a rich variety of mobile content and services in a snap. This new application makes finding and enjoying mobile content very easy for everyone."

Visit and select “free tools”

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Podcast Ready Releases myPodder 1.6 with iPod Support


Podcast Ready(TM) (, creator of the first truly portable podcast management software, has announced the release of myPodder(TM) version 1.6 beta. This latest release includes support for Apple(R) iPod(R) models, as well as all other universal mass storage-compliant MP3 players, bringing portable podcast subscription management to the broadest possible audience of podcast listeners and viewers. myPodder is available for free download at for Windows, Apple and U3.

Podcast Ready's myPodder software provides complete podcast portability, unlike other podcast-enabling technologies that are available only on dedicated desktop computers. Users can plug a compatible device into any Internet-connected computer and instantly access myPodder to update, subscribe to and manage their favorite audio and video podcasts. Podcast Ready also provides a simple-to-use podcast directory and one-click podcast subscription. The myPodder software is available in English and German.

"With this latest release of myPodder, Podcast Ready takes another step forward in support of our mission to make subscribing to and enjoying podcasts simple," said Russell Holliman, founder and CEO of Podcast Ready. "By extending myPodder support to iPods and more devices, Podcast Ready continues to address a key challenge facing the podcasting community, bringing simple and useful podcast management to the broadest audience of listeners and viewers."

Making Podcasting Portable, Easy and Personal

Complete portability and ease of use are essential as podcasting moves from technology-savvy early adopters to a wider consumer audience. Existing podcast services only allow users to manage subscriptions on their computer desktops, tethering subscribers to one computer, and prohibiting the user from updating subscriptions when traveling, at work or via secondary personal computers. Podcast Ready's software and services enhance the experience for podcast listeners by enabling them to:

-- Use myPodder with any Internet-enabled computer running either Windows or OSX

-- Manage subscriptions and downloaded podcasts within myPodder or from the website

-- Search, select and share both audio and video podcasts easily through the directory

-- Receive subscriptions on the fly with patent-pending one-click synchronization to device - without installing any software, users are able to subscribe to any podcast from any web page with a single click

Building on his interests in RSS feed technology and podcasting, Russell Holliman founded Podcast Ready in late 2005. Holliman was among the earliest to recognize the potential of podcasting and has focused on developing new software and services needed to take podcasting to true mass adoption.


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Next Generation Slingbox Family Delivers Enhanced Performance, Price and Style

Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle consumer electronics company, today announced the nationwide availability of three new Slingbox(TM) models that significantly increase performance, provide the customer with choice depending on their home TV setup and start at as low as $179.99.

The new Slingbox family is designed to meet the varied requirements of today's TV households whether that's basic analog cable, standard definition cable or satellite or next generation high definition television. The Slingbox PRO, Slingbox AV, and Slingbox TUNER transform PCs, laptops and Windows-based mobile phones and handheld computers into personal portable TVs. Slingbox owners can now watch and control their home cable, satellite or digital video recorder anywhere they can access the Internet, from their back yard to Beijing and everywhere in between. All three products are available to U.S. customers only starting today. More information can be found at

Sling Media has enhanced performance, increased the feature set and segmented the new Slingbox models for specific customer needs, adding new hardware and software features specific to each market segment. With an entry price of $179.99, Sling Media is giving customers more power, functionality and choice for their money. The Slingbox AV and Slingbox TUNER will carry an MSRP of $179.99 and the Slingbox PRO will retail for $249.99 MSRP. Sling Media will also make an optional HD component accessory called HD Connect available for the Slingbox PRO later this fall, which will carry an MSRP of $49.99.

"Just over a year ago, Sling Media delivered to consumers a ground breaking product that has now been incorporated into their daily lives," said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. "With our new products, we are setting an even higher standard by incorporating industry-leading video quality and streamlined setup all at price points we feel will make the Slingbox an ideal holiday gift. Our mission has and will remain the same -- to create the best possible consumer experience with innovative products that our customers simply love."

Which Slingbox is Right for Me?

With the three new Slingbox models, Sling Media has created a product that fits the needs of every consumer, no matter how basic or sophisticated their home TV setup. -0-

     Slingbox PRO

The Slingbox PRO is designed for the consumer who has multiple
A/V devices or has made an investment in high definition TV. The
Slingbox PRO features four sets of audio-video inputs and
outputs including the optional HD component connection for HD
set-top box customers making for seamless integration into
current A/V systems. Other new features include widescreen
(16:9) support, high quality programmable video compression,
easy connection to set-top boxes (e.g. digital cable, satellite,
DVR) and remote control of A/V devices.

The optional cable for HD component set-top boxes is called the
Slingbox HD Connect and it includes all the necessary cables to
connect HD component video and audio to the Slingbox PRO. This
accessory will be available later this fall. Customers who wish
to seamlessly connect their HD receiver to the Slingbox PRO
using the component connection will need to purchase this

Slingbox AV

The Slingbox AV gives consumers who watch TV using a standard
definition cable set-top box, satellite receiver or DVR, the
ability to connect their Slingbox AV seamlessly to their set-top
box. Slingbox AV features the ability to watch and control TV
from any Internet connected PC/Mac/laptop or Windows-based
mobile device, widescreen (16:9) support and high quality
programmable video compression.

Slingbox TUNER

The Slingbox TUNER is ideal for customers with cable who want to
easily view their line-up of television channels and do not
require access to a set-top box, satellite receiver, DVR or
other AV device. The Slingbox TUNER easily connects adjacent to
a cable modem or basic coaxial connection even without a TV
present. This allows the Slingbox TUNER customer to view their
cable channels without impacting another family member watching
TV anywhere else in the home.

New Level of Customer Care

With this product launch, Sling Media is introducing a new customer support capability aimed at providing first-time customers with easy installation. Technology embedded in Sling Media's setup wizard allows "live" chats between customers and Sling Media technical support representatives when the customer is going through the installation process. In addition to this "live" chat support, a Sling Media technical support representative can remotely control a customer's PC (with the customer's explicit permission) to assist in real time with the installation.

"Our focus on simple installation -- including the ability to have live interaction with a technical support representative or allowing the technical support representative to remotely control a customer's PC to make any necessary adjustments -- raises the bar, setting a new standard in the industry that is unmatched today," continued Krikorian. "Sling Media has taken a huge step forward with this product launch demonstrating our commitment to customer support as we continue to make "place-shifting" a household word."

Nationwide Availability

The complete Slingbox family is available in over 3,000 stores nationwide through our retail channel partners which include:, Best Buy,, Circuit City, CompUSA, Fry's, J&R Computer World and at Sling Media would like to welcome its newest retail partner, Office Depot, who will begin carrying Slingbox TUNER and Slingbox AV products in October. All three products are available for sale beginning today but retail stock and availability will vary from retailer to retailer. We suggest checking with your favorite retailer prior to visiting or check online. Local store inventory levels may also be checked online at

Canada and the Rest of the World

Sling Media is also making its SlingPlayer(TM) Mobile software available to Canadian customers through its web site starting today. Customers can now download and purchase a registration key from for $34.99 CAD. The new Slingbox products announced today are expected to be available in Sling Media's Canadian retail channels, including Best Buy, FutureShop, London Drugs and others within the next 60 days. Global availability details will be announced in Q1, 2007.

About Sling Media

Sling Media, Inc. is a digital lifestyle products company creating a family of consumer electronics solutions that are a natural extension of today's digital way of life. The first member of the Sling Media family is the award-winning Slingbox(TM), a device that allows consumers to access their living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones. The Slingbox is now available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Brazil through traditional retail channels and local service providers. For more information on Sling Media or the Slingbox, visit

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I just got word that SCOTTEVEST is having a HUGE BLOWOUT SALE.  Hopefully, those of you that read this and have a desire to get a SCOTTEVEST product, you will be one of the first to get the opportunity to pick something up at a very substantial reduced price.

Scott indicated to me this morning that "the sale is a secret sale, only being promoted at first via this email to our email subscribers and customers due to limited quantities". So you are in luck because here is the link....Ready... Set......GO!

CLEARANCE PAGE to see all sale items.

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Three.0 Finetex System Black





Three.0 Finetex System Red





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Three.0 Fleece





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Three.0 Spring-Fall Olive





Three.0 Spring-Fall Stone





The Fine Print and Other Details:

-The LAST BIG SALE OF 2006 begins at 11:00 am mountain time on Thursday, September 28th                         and runs through Sunday, October 8th.

-The sale prices reflect a 75% savings off the Regular Price for the items. 


-Prices are for in stock items only.

-We’re sorry, but the sale prices cannot be applied to prior purchases.

-Quantities are limited and we expect to sell out quickly.  We will update our website as fast as possible to remove sold out sizes/colors/styles, but please be aware that this is not an automated function and that there are actual people updating the site.  We will notify you as soon as possible if you order an item that is no longer available to see if you would like a different color or style.

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New Portable GPS Navigation System featuring Text to Speech & Media Player

TeleType Company has just released a successor to its innovative product line that blends cutting-edge vehicle GPS navigation with MP3 and Video player technology. The all-in-one device, called the WorldNav 3100, is a portable touch screen car navigation system that offers door-to-door GPS guidance with text to speech instructions including pronunciation of street names.

The WorldNav 3100’s exciting convergence of portable in-car navigation with the immense popularity of the MP3 player, video player, and picture viewer, makes it possible for travelers to not only reach their destination with greater efficiency, but to easily carry along their favorite music, videos, and pictures.

“There is no other product on the market that offers the exceptional utility, simplicity and affordability of this new piece of mobile electronics,” said Marleen Winer, a pokesperson for TeleType. Based on TeleType’s award-winning GPS product line, the WorldNav 3100 is a compact system that weighs only 6 ounces. The device is user-friendly and simple to operate, making it easy for drivers to get from Point A to Point B. Drivers can navigate directly to a point of interest (POI) using the extensive POI database included, or a business, home address, or even a desired street intersection.

Currently, the U.S. version of the WorldNav 3100 offers the following features and benefits:

Pre-installed, street-level maps for the entire USA, including Puerto Rico

• Auto Complete when entering State, City, Street allowing minimal keystrokes to obtain desired address

• Built-in Li-Ion battery allows you to use the GPS outside of a vehicle

• High quality natural sounding voices for turn by turn route guidance with street name pronunciation

• Various settings that allow drivers to create the best possible routes

• MP3 Player, Video Player, and Picture Viewer that can be used with your own SD card

• Can be mounted to the windshield or dashboard, and easily moved from car to car

• Automatic reroute, 3D/2D view, pan and zoom, day/night mode functions

• Points of interest including landmarks, gas stations, restaurants, etc.

• USB cable for connection to PC for data, music, video, and picture transfer

• High-resolution touch screen with large buttons and intuitive user interface

The WorldNav 3100 is the latest in a long line of products created by TeleType to provide unique and versatile solutions for land, air and water navigation. Notable innovations by the company include: The first aviation navigation product for use on PDAs in flight, the first program to offer combination vector-based marine and car navigation for Pocket PCs, and the first 16-channel Bluetooth GPS receiver with 20 hours of battery life. Pushing the envelope of technology for Pocket PC computing, TeleType created the first program to offer the combination of street, air, water, and land navigation with live weather, topographic and aerial map support on Pocket PC and Windows CE devices.

Established in 1981, TeleType has emerged to become a leader in the field of Global Positioning Systems. TeleType specializes in software system integration and produces innovative products for a variety of industries. GPS software solutions include support of Windows CE and Pocket PC for vehicle navigation, fleet tracking, and geographic information systems data collection. Current hardware solutions include low power, high-sensitivity GPS receivers. The company is also expanding to support additional emerging technologies for GPS solutions based on satellite communications, GPRS, and GSM with support for Pocket PC phones and other mobile devices.

TeleType’s WorldNav 3100 features a 3.5” diagonal screen and is available in two configurations, Deluxe ($399 MSRP) and Premium ($459 MSRP). WorldNav 3100 GPS can be purchased conveniently through on line resellers such as,, and Dealers may contact TeleType directly for pricing.

For further information, contact TeleType Company at, 1-800-717-4478, or 1-617-542-6220.

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Windows Vista Mobile Device Center Demo

Chris Leckness is in Boston at the Mobius event and has posted a video of some of the functions of the Windows Vista Mobile Device Center.  As Chris said, the video is NOT super but the content is what we care about anyway.

Check it is very interesting!

Source: MobilitySite

Microsoft sets price for Zune, songs

Reuters has reported that Microsoft's new Zune music player will be sold at a price matching Apple's iPod ... the result ... they will LOSE money!

Microsoft's 30-gigabyte Zune will retail for $249.99 -- 99 cents higher than the iPod with the same amount of storage -- when it goes on sale November 14. Songs available for download at the Zune Marketplace service will cost about 99 cents a song, on par with prices at Apple's iTunes, Microsoft said.

The world's largest software maker faces an uphill climb in trying to topple the market-dominating iPod after conceding a five-year head start to Apple's media player.

Microsoft said it needed to put a comparable price on Zune, even if it meant that the company will suffer a loss from the device's sales this holiday season.

Spb Time 2.1 Released

Spb Software House is happy to announce an update of the best selling time tool set - Spb Time. New Spb Time 2.1 is a free upgrade for all registered Spb Time 2.x users.
The main goal of this update was to reorganize and improve the alarm engine. Among the mail changes there are:

- improving the awakening abilities
- replacing the standard alarm notification with a nice dialog providing better usability
- adding one-time alarm
- resolving the problem with the password screen (now the alarm pop-up dialog appears over the password screen)

With this upgrade we have also made many fixes in the city database and improved the setup module.

You can download Spb Time 2.1.0 from:

You can install the new version over the previous one without de-installation.

On some WM 5.0 devices there is a potential de-installation and reinstallation problem. If you get any warning messages notifying you that the previous version of application has not been successfully uninstalled, please perform a soft-reset and run the installation once again.

LG.Philips LCD Unveils New LCD Panel for Super-Slim Mobile Phones

LG.Philips LCD  announced today that it has developed the world's slimmest TFT-LCD panel, measuring only 1.3mm in thickness including the module, for super-slim mobile phones.

This latest technological breakthrough will enable mobile phone manufacturers to produce mobile phones even slimmer than the 6.9mm thick phones available today. This panel will also make it possible to create slide-up phones that break the 10mm barrier.

This new panel is 32% slimmer than the TFT-LCD panels currently in use for mobile phones, which normally measure between 1.9 and 2.9mm. More importantly, the new product is even slimmer than OLEDs, which are typically between 1.5 and 1.8mm. This refutes the myth that LCDs are thicker than OLEDs.

LG.Philips LCD's Vice President and Head of the Small and Medium Displays Business Unit, Mr. Hyun He Ha, said, "Super-slim LCD panels are one of the most important technologies for mobile phones today, and this latest development reaffirms LG.Philips LCD's global leadership in LCD technology. Our introduction of a super-slim LCD panel measuring just 1.3mm in thickness will further accelerate the shift to slim design phones."

In addition to its ultra-thin LED backlight technology that can raise the brightness of the panel to 400 nits(1) (cd/m(2)), LG.Philips LCD used new ultra-thin light guide plate and glass substrate technologies to further reduce the panel's thickness. Current brightness is between 200 and 300 nits (cd/m(2)). This super-slim LCD panel also uses the company's patent pending structural modification technology to provide greater durability without the need for a stainless steel plate to protect the LCD's components.

LG.Philips LCD plans to unveil its 1.3mm LCD panel for super-slim phones at the opening of SID Mobile Displays 2006, in San Diego, California on October 3rd, 2006.

For more information about the Company, please visit

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Mercora is NOW available - Try it for FREE

On Monday, I introduced Mercora to you and today, it is now available for you to try FREE.

Mercora, Inc. today announced the availability of the first mobile music service, Mercora "M," which transforms Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) Windows Mobile 5.0-based Smartphones and Pocket PC phones -- including the Motorola Q, Samsung SGH-i320 and Palm Treo 700wx -- into high-fidelity wireless music players.

Starting today and available through October 31, the Mercora M is offered as a FREE preview for Windows Mobile 5.0 users worldwide.

After the free preview period, Mercora M will be available at an introductory price of $4.99/month. Subscription packages for the M are as follows: $29.99 for six months, $49.99 for a year, and $99.99 for a two-year subscription.

Consumers can download and install the service today directly from this URL:

By installing the mobile application, Mercora M gives people "on-the-go" access to their complete digital music libraries on their PC's so they can listen anytime, anywhere from their mobile phones. In addition, M users can tune in to up to five of their friends' and family members' music collections and discover new artists and groups from around the world through social radio, which gives them access to more than 100,000 channels -- searchable by artist or genre -- over mobile 3G networks. The M is available as a free preview for all Windows Mobile 5.0 users worldwide.

"The Mercora M represents the next big step in mobile music enjoyment," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group. "The only device that can take the market away from the Apple iPod rapidly -- because it is more common -- is the cell phone. Mercora M represents the most aggressive technology to date for turning a 3G cell phone into a replacement for the iPod."

Chris Shipley, executive producer of DEMO, said: "The Mercora M will drive convergence in mobile phones and bring portability and flexibility to digital music download and discovery. The breadth, depth and fidelity of music delivered by the M is breathtaking."


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Nokia Continues to Increase Its Offerings

Nokia Corp. has introduced three additional handsets targeting mobile music lovers at its Nokia Theater in Times Square. Set to be available within weeks, Nokia has nbot indicated the marketsor carriers.

The new Nokia 5300 XpressMusic phone can hold about 1,500 music tracks on a 2 GB microSD card. It features dedicated music keys so users can control their music and at the same time use other functions such as texting, browsing or taking pictures with the phone’s 1.3 megapixel camera. The handset is expected to retail for $317.

“With this product launch, we are emphasizing the benefits of the XpressMusic feature brand, which clearly labels those Nokia devices that guarantee an outstanding mobile music experience,” said Heikki Norta, senior vice president of mobile phones at Nokia.

Users can also plug in headphones or external speakers to listen to their music. The handset also transfers albums and music collections to a computer using a standard micro USB connector.

In addition, Nokia unveiled the Nokia 5200, a cheaper version targeting younger consumers. The handset lacks the “XpressMusic” tag. It is expected to retail for around $253.

Finally, the company introduced the 3250 XpressMusic phone, which updates the 3250 “twist” design handset and doubles the music capacity up to 1,500 tracks. It should retail for about $500.

Verizon to Offer Speakerphone Software Upgrade for Chocolate Phones

Next week, Chocolate phone users will be able to get a software upgrade that will add speakerphone capabilities to their handset. Users will be able to visit Verizon Wireless retail outlets to get the free software upgrade.

The Chocolate phone did not include speakerphone functions when first introduced.  With the upgrade, users will now have speakerphone functions.

First Chinese Language Mobile Phones Certified for Use on a US Network

Motorola, Inc. and Red Pocket Mobile today announced the release of the first handsets sold by a U.S. wireless service provider with Chinese-language menus. The world's most popular mobile phone, the MOTORAZR(TM) V3, and the curvaceous, entry-level Motorola C139 both now offer users Chinese language options when purchased through new wireless operator Red Pocket Mobile. Both handsets are certified for use on the nation's largest digital wireless network, an industry first.

"At Motorola, we strive to help enable truly borderless communication," said Kiva Allgood, senior director of North America Sales, Mobile Devices Business, Motorola, Inc. "Teaming up with Red Pocket Mobile on these unique handsets for the Chinese-speaking audience in the United States allows Motorola to connect to a vital and vibrant community that no other handset manufacturer currently recognizes."

Red Pocket Mobile is the first wireless provider in the U.S. to focus exclusively on customers who live in the U.S. but maintain strong ties to Asia. In addition to providing Chinese-language Motorola handsets, Red Pocket Mobile's customer service representatives speak Mandarin and Cantonese dialects of Chinese along with English. Red Pocket also offers an eyebrow-raising calling plan: a phone call to China, Singapore or Taiwan costs exactly the same as a call within the U.S.

"More and more Americans rely on their mobile devices to connect to friends, family and business colleagues overseas," said Joshua Gordon, Chief Operating Officer at Red Pocket Mobile. "As the first wireless provider to focus exclusively on the Asian American community, we're proud to work with Motorola to make Asia a local call away."

Red Pocket Mobile's distinctive Cosmic Blue MOTORAZR V3 features simplified and traditional Chinese handset menus. Red Pocket Mobile's Motorola C139 offers menu options in simplified written Chinese. The Red Pocket Mobile versions of the Motorola phones allow users to operate the phone in a language they are comfortable with while taking advantage of important services such as text messaging(1). Modern written Chinese has two forms: traditional and simplified. Simplified written Chinese prevails in mainland China, while traditional Chinese characters are more common in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere. Both Motorola handsets offered by Red Pocket Mobile also have optional English language menus.

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Mobility Guys #9 - Finally

It's been a while since we've posted a show....but we are back!  Steve and Don are back from Redmond, Chris is Boston at Mobius and I'm fighting the dilemmas of getting an old lake house up to "snuff"...but we're back and expect to have more coming!

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"In this episode, we talk with fellow Mobile Device MVP from Wellington, New Zealand, Mauricio Freitas who runs and operates the Geekzone, about some of features of Windows Mobile that you may or may not know about. Like the benefits of using Exchange 2003 SP2 in combination with latest updates of MSFP and AKU2 and what it means to you the end user. As always, we also talk about a few gadgets as well, like some bluetooth stereo headphones and headsets, U3 drives, and more."

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New Holiday Lineup for Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts announced today its holiday line up of EA and EA SPORTS branded games for the Xbox 360. EA's most popular franchises will be on show at Microsoft's X06 event in Barcelona, offering hands-on next generation gaming for an audience of international media. EA will showcase consumer favorites including FIFA 07, Need for Speed(TM) Carbon, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07, NBA LIVE 07, NHL07, Half Life 2 and SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME.

EA's line up harnesses the power of the Xbox 360 technology, combining enhanced game play innovation and authentic animations for a more emotionally-involving gaming experience. Consumers will be able to take full advantage of the capabilities of Xbox Live, whether challenging their opponents in online play or accessing real time integration of sports and news updates while they play their favorite sports games. Marketplace on the Xbox 360 will be the place for consumers around the world to access the newest and freshest digital content from EA, including game demos, product news or video content from their favorite franchises. In October, FIFA fans will be able to download a demo of FIFA 07 prior to the game's worldwide release only through Marketplace on the Xbox 360.

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"A year ago the industry inaugurated the next generation of video gaming - this year the next gen gaming experience gets even better," said Jan Bolz, Vice President, International Sales and Marketing, EA. "EA's 360 line up brings the innovation of our creative development teams to players around the world, immersing them in deep, connected game play experiences that truly signal the arrival of a new era of digital entertainment."

Also on show at X06 under the Games for Windows brand will be Rail Simulator.


FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360(TM) heralds the start of the next generation of football gaming with the dynamic new EA SPORTS(TM) engine and all-new gameplay. Moving away from the traditional animation-based game engine, raw physics and data now drive the action, creating true-to-life movement, an unprecedented level of responsiveness and the most advanced visuals seen in a football game. For the first time ever the ball is alive with its own independent physics, resulting in truly unpredictable gameplay. Now any type of pass or shot is possible and goals feel natural and unique. The new engine creates a wealth of data, including never-before-experienced real-time player analysis that gives you the power to make real tactical decisions when managing your players. Partner the new engine with the most innovative and extensive online feature sets to date, with 4 v 4 and streaming real world news, FIFA 07 truly blurs the lines between videogames and reality.


Building upon the depth and authenticity that the NBA LIVE franchise has delivered for more than a decade, this season the game will once again revolutionize basketball gameplay. With new moves that are matched only by the game's stunning visuals, players will be given more control than they ever imagined with the all new EA SPORTS(TM) Total Freestyle Control. This year NBA LIVE 07 will partner with the worldwide leader in sports to deliver more ESPN content in-game while you play. Developed at EA Canada, NBA LIVE 07 will be available on the Xbox 360 and Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft, the PlayStation3 and PlayStation(R)2, and PSP(R) handheld entertainment system and PC this fall.

Need For Speed(TM) Carbon

Delivering the next generation of adrenaline-filled street racing, Need for Speed Carbon will challenge players to face the ultimate driving test on treacherous canyon roads. What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you into the world's most dangerous and action-packed style of street racing. You and your crew must take on your opponent in an all-out war for the city - risking everything to take over your rivals' neighborhoods, one block at a time. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt(TM) technology. Represent your car class, your crew, and your turf in Need for Speed Carbon, a revolution in racing games. Developed by EA Black Box in Vancouver, Need for Speed Carbon will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, and Wii(TM) as well as the PlayStation2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy Advance(TM), PSP system, PC, and mobile this fall.

NHL(TM) 07

EA SPORTS(TM) originally pioneered the Golden Age of hockey videogames in the 1990s, and this year heralds in the next generation with the most intuitive and authentic hockey experience to date. Powered by advanced gameplay, NHL 07 features new responsive controls and photo-realistic graphics. Players take complete command over every movement on the ice without ever taking their hands off the analog sticks. A revolutionary new Skill Stick system is an intuitive gameplay scheme that delivers an unparalleled sense of on-ice speed and control. Using the left stick to direct the lower body, and the right to control the upper, gamers will reach a level of fluidity only experienced on the ice. Skate into the zone and glide around your defenders while bringing your stick across your body and drawing it back to fire a slapshot - all without touching a button. NHL 07 is available now for the PlayStation2 console, the PSP system, Xbox 360, Xbox and PC.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 07

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 breaks new ground by offering more content, advanced features and breakthrough technology. In its latest instalment, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 07 brings realism and emotion to the golf course like never before, while players see and hear the crowds around them with enhanced playing environments. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 07 is packed with new content, including 21 new courses and 50 golfers on current gen. Course content doubles on the next gen platforms and the all new UCAP technology makes Tiger more realistic than ever. The PSP version allows players to challenge the world's top golfers at home or on the go. Developed by Electronic Arts Redwood Shores, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 will launch worldwide in October on the Xbox 360. It is available now in Europe on the Xbox, PlayStation2 console, PSP system and PC and will ship on these platforms across North America in October. A PlayStation3 console version is scheduled to ship later this fall.

Half-Life 2

Half-Life(R) 2 for the Xbox 360 is the entire award-winning single player game together with the first two episodes of the continued story. Research scientist Gordon Freeman finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people - people he cares about - are counting on him.


SUPERMAN RETURNS(TM): THE VIDEOGAME challenges players to master Superman's unrivaled powers to save Metropolis. Based on 60 years of DC Comics and the hit motion picture, SUPERMAN RETURNS(TM): THE VIDEOGAME creates the ultimate open-world super hero experience. As the Man of Steel(TM), you'll hone your unworldly super powers such as Flight, X-Ray Vision and Freeze Breath to fight villains that only Superman(TM) can defeat. SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME will be available on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, the PSP system, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance this fall.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA(TM), EA SPORTS BIG(TM) and POGO(TM). In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

First Integrated EV-DO Rev-A Mobile Broadband Notebooks

Sony Electronics will soon be offering the first ultra-portable computers to include integrated broadband-capable wide area network technology, from Sprint for ultra-fast Internet access.

Road warriors with the new VAIO VGN-TXN10 Series notebooks can connect to the Sprint Power Vision Network for wireless, broadband-speed for downloading e-mail and accessing the Internet and large data files. Later this year, Sprint expects to upgrade its network in select markets with EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology so customers will experience broadband upload speeds as well where and when the Rev. A network is deployed.
"Clearly, we are again ahead of the pack in integrating a unique combination of hardware, software and Sprint's Mobile Broadband Service into our PCs for an unparalleled mobile computing experience," said Mike Abary, vice president of VAIO product marketing for Sony Electronics in the United States.

"This VAIO PC is a model example of notebook technology and is another way Sprint is extending the power of our mobile broadband service to customers," said Kathy Walker, chief network officer at Sprint. "Sprint has the nation's largest mobile broadband network and has partnered with a premier computer manufacturer, Sony, to enable mobile professionals to do more in more places."

The TX notebooks make it easy to connect by incorporating Sony's SmartWi technology seamlessly integrating wireless WAN, 802.11 b/g, wireless LAN and Bluetooth technologies. You can easily toggle among your wireless options for the most efficient connection — LAN for home and office; Bluetooth for peripherals; and wireless WAN for access to Sprint Mobile Broadband Service when traveling outside the reach of hotspots.

Sprint wireless broadband network covers more than 157 million people in 216 major metropolitan areas, as well as 486 airports across the nation. Sprint plans to roll out its upgraded technology (EV-DO Revision A) in the months ahead and reach more than 40 million persons in select markets by year end.

In 2007, Sprint will continue its aggressive rollout of faster EV-DO Revision A technology. With this advanced technology, VAIO TX notebook users should expect to benefit from average download speeds of 450 to 800 kbps and upload speeds of 300 to 400 kbps in the markets where EV-DO Revision A network improvements will be rolled out.

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Nokia Unveils New N-series Multimedia Computers

Nokia announced new devices and experiences that show how the boundaries are blurring between the Internet world, mobility and the consumer electronics industry. The Nokia N95 is an all-in-one multimedia computer with a pioneering dual slide concept, integrated GPS functionality, a 5 mega-pixel camera and support for high-speed mobile networks, which makes it easier to watch and record videos, listen to songs, browse the internet, or catch up on email while on the move. Nokia has also introduced the Nokia N75, especially designed for the Americas market.

Check out this GPS demo ... very cool!


New Toshiba Convertible Laptop

Toshiba's Digital Products Division announced the Satellite R25-S3513, a convertible notebook for the retail market with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor for superior performance, energy efficiency and flexibility.

The Satellite R25-S3513 convertible notebook allows users to work with a traditional keyboard or rotate and fold the screen down for use as a Tablet PC with digital pen-based input and control. A digitizer pen is included to handwrite notes, draw, edit copy or write e-mail or input data while standing, sitting or reclining. The system can convert handwriting to text or just record your own handwriting. The 14.1-inch Tablet PC display roughly simulates the writing area of a standard 8.5- by 11-inch sheet of paper to provide optimal room for note-taking and drawing.

For the first time in a Toshiba Satellite convertible notebook, the Satellite R25-S3513 offers the IntelCore 2 Duo Processor(1) T5200 (1.60GHz, 2MB L2, 533MHz FSB). Based on the new Intel Core Microarchitecture, the integrated Intel Core 2 Duo Processor is Intel's most energy-efficient dual-core performance processor and is designed to handle multiple tasks in less time while consuming less power and reducing fan noise and heat.

Starting at 5.95 pounds(2), the Satellite R25-S3513 features a 14.1-inch diagonal widescreen WXGA+ LCD display and the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 operating system.

For more information visit the company's Website at

FreePulse - Freedom in Experiencing Digital Music

Logitech introduced the Logitech FreePulse Wireless headphones, its stylish second-generation cordless headphones for iPod and MP3 players, which deliver the complete freedom of experiencing digital music with no strings attached.

The FreePulse Wireless headphones are half the weight (only 2.1 ounces/60 grams) and size of Logitech's award-winning first-generation product -- but, they are more flexible and durable, thanks to the high-carbon spring-steel headband. The new version delivers twice the performance as well as enhanced bass with its special bass boost feature. And it offers improved wireless performance with Bluetooth 2.0 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) wireless technology. People can simply plug in the adapter to any player with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, put their player in their pocket and enjoy their music wirelessly. No more cord tangles, snags or kinks.

"We believe wireless headphones for portable music players will become a standard -- and our slimmed-down, second-generation FreePulse Wireless headphones deliver great leaps in style, comfort, durability, and performance," said Jef Holove, Logitech's vice president of product marketing for audio. "No more untangling knotted earbuds, nor getting snagged on gym equipment. The wireless technology allows people to listen to their music while their iPod or MP3 player is safely tucked away in a pocket, bag or purse."

Durable, Comfortable Design with No-compromise Audio Performance

Featuring a minimalist, behind-the-head design, the streamlined FreePulse Wireless headphones make a great companion for the morning bus- or train-ride to work, a trip to the gym or a jog through the park -- and the smaller size doesn't compromise audio performance. Each circular headphone contains a precision-tuned 30 mm neodymium driver, which pumps out rich, full audio. And when the bass boost feature is activated with a control on the right earpiece, the drivers deliver intensified bass performance.

To make sure the headphones stay in place during active use, flexible soft-touch comfort rings on each earpiece fit securely over the top of the ear. To further ensure comfort, the bendable thin steel headband is embedded within a soft-touch sleeve. The right earpiece also features integrated volume controls so people don't need to touch their player to make volume adjustments.

Premium Wireless Performance

Using the newest version of Logitech's Music Anywhere(TM) technology, the FreePulse Wireless headphones are simple to set up and use -- charge the adapter and headphones with the included charging cable, then plug them in to the digital music player and press play. Logitech's adapter and headphones are paired during manufacturing so that when they are charged and powered on, they automatically connect. They have a wireless range of up to 33 feet (10 meters). The foundation of Music Anywhere technology incorporates Bluetooth wireless technology. By using Bluetooth 2.0 EDR technology, the headphones can stream larger files with greater clarity and less interference.

The headphones and adapter, with the embedded rechargeable batteries, have a play time of more than six hours on a full charge.

Adapter Offers Custom Fit for Wide Range of Players

The FreePulse Wireless headphones work with any audio device that features a standard 3.5 mm headphone port. And with Logitech's new adapter design, the matchbook-size adapter delivers a custom and secure fit for all iPod models and a wide range of other MP3 players. The adapter's 3.5 mm plug is on a slider that be adjusted in four different directions so that the adapter can elegantly attach to a variety of audio devices. And since the headphones feature a standard plug, people can also use them with their PC.

Pricing and Availability

The FreePulse Wireless headphones are expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in October. The suggested retail price in the U.S. is $99.99.

About Logitech

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and communicate in the digital world. Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are owned by Logitech and may be registered. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the Company's Web site at

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Engadget Reader Meetup in Boston

 I'll be there ... hope to see you there too!

That's right, in case you haven't heard, Engadget is coming to Boston. If you're anywhere in the area, please join the Engadget team for an Engadget Reader Meetup this Thursday, September 28th.

They willl have product demos, awesome prizes from Sonos, Slim Devices, Sling Media, Nintendo, Samsung, LG, and HP, free Engadget t-shirts for the first 100 people who show up, and a Q&A with the editors of Engadget.
Thursday, September 28th
7pm - 9:30pm


145 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA 02215

Source: Engadget Reader Meetup in Boston this Thursday, September 28th - Engadget

The PodLounge Mobile

The PodLounge announced today the launch of its new mobile phone-compatible podcasting directory, The PodLounge Mobile. For the first time ever, there is a major podcast directory - - that has been built specifically for mobile phone users to find, listen and subscribe to their favourite podcasts or vodcasts anytime, anywhere without the need for a computer.

Mobile phones are fast becoming more than just communication devices; they are now web enabled, and have their own built-in media players amongst other things, and as podcasting grows, it seems only natural to put the two together. The PodLounge Mobile was designed with the Nokia N91 in mind, which is one of the latest mobile jukeboxes in the Nokia Nseries of mobile 3G phones. It has been tailored to fit the tiny screens of any mobile phone that is web enabled, allowing users of The PodLounge and anyone who is into podcasting, easy access to a huge podcast directory of over 31,000 podcasts, wherever they are.

The PodLounge also launched a version - for PSP (Portable Sony Playstation) users in June 2006. Designed primarily as a games machine, the Sony PSP is gaining popularity as a portable media device. Simplified access to podcasts through The PodLounge for PSP just gives those who have looked at it as purely a games machine, yet another reason to consider it.

According to John McClumpha, Technical Director of The PodLounge, "One of the most frustrating aspects of using these portable devices to access podcasts or vodcasts is accessing podcast directories that are not designed for small screens. Navigating a directory that's tailored to fit your screen makes it so much easier".

Podcasting, for those unfamiliar with it, is a relatively new technology where 'podcasters' can record audio or video 'episodes' on topics of their choice, and listeners can subscribe and listen to them in their own time. 99% of podcasts are free to subscribe to.

The parent directory, 'The PodLounge' was launched in January 2006. With over 31,000 podcast feeds (more than 500,000 episodes), it is one of the world's largest podcast directories. It is extremely user-friendly and has an extensive range of podcast topics to choose from - music, surfing, comedy, health, politics, religion and more. Whatever your passion, you'll find a podcast for it there.

Source: The PodLounge Mobile

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The PodLounge - over 31,000 Podcasts for your Mobile phone!


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Microsoft to Unveil Global Advertising Brand Strategy

Joanne Bradford to announce launch of Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions.

At Advertising Week 2006, Microsoft Corp. will announce the worldwide launch of Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions in a move that combines the company’s broad set of global advertising products and services into a unified offering for advertisers. Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions is designed to connect advertisers with their target audiences across such devices as PCs, Xbox video game systems, Web-enabled mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs).

Joanne Bradford, corporate vice president of global sales and marketing and chief media revenue officer at Microsoft, said Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions is a response to one of advertisers’ key challenges. “As today’s consumers spend more and more time online across various digital devices like mobile phones and video games, advertisers are finding they can no longer reach their entire target audience by advertising on a single medium,” she said. “Microsoft is uniquely positioned because of our extensive global audience, high level of consumer engagement, and engaging ad opportunities across Microsoft’s platform to connect advertisers with a million different audiences of one. We’re addressing the reality of media fragmentation and enabling advertisers to get back to what they do best: creating engaging and creative ads.”

Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions offers advertisers the ability to reach more than 465 million consumers each month across the MSN network and millions more through Windows Live, Xbox Live and Office Online. Microsoft’s advertising portfolio extends its reach across some of Microsoft’s latest releases such as Live Search and Live Local Search, through relationships such as those with Facebook, and the acquisition of in-game advertising pioneer Massive Inc.

“Microsoft’s advertising business is growing quickly and becoming more sophisticated,” Bradford said. “It is our responsibility to clearly articulate to advertisers how they can apply our broad set of assets and relationships to reach consumers across the many digital touch points of their day.”

More information about Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions is available at

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Leonard Maltin Movie Guide for the Motorola Q

Instantly transform your Motorola Q into the most up-to-date, comprehensive and reliable movie guide around.

Summer blockbusters and independent sleepers; The masterworks of Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock; The timeless comedy of Buster Keaton; The animated classics of Walt Disney and cutting edge animation by Pixar; The greatest foreign films ever made. The 2007 Edition of the Leonard Maltin Movie Guide is packed with the films you can't afford to miss — and those you can — from box-office smashes to cult classics to forgotten gems to forgettable flops.

LandWare has teamed with Leonard Maltin, the leading authority on American Film, to produce the ultimate mobile companion for anyone looking to buy, watch, rent — or merely brush up on — movies whenever, wherever.

Key Features

- Includes complete listings of BOTH the Leonard Maltin 2007 Movie Guide and the Leonard Maltin Classic Movie Guide

- Includes over 460 new films

- Complete details and capsule reviews for over 21,700 films

- Free updates during the year that encapsulate new film releases

- More than 9,100 DVD, 7,100 Laserdisc and

- 15,400 Videocassette entries

- Ranked top lists of popular movies as voted by over

- 100,000 regular movie-goers

- Easy-to-read symbols detailing MPAA rating, widescreen formats, awards, etc.

- Filmographies for over 39,000 actors, actresses and directors

- Film library and buying list management

- Full support for removable expansion card media

- Sophisticated compression minimizes memory usage

Available now for $19.95. Also shipping for Palm OS, Pocket PC, and Windows Mobile 5.

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Joopz - two way communications to any mobile phone for FREE

MobileSphere announced Joopz, a new web-based text messaging service that enables "web texting" -- two-way communications from the Web to any mobile phone for free.

The new service allows users to send and receive messages to individuals and groups, while enabling recipients to respond directly to the originating PC, Mac, PDA or mobile phone and to group member mobile phones. Joopz web texts can be sent from any web-enabled device worldwide to any U.S. or Canadian mobile phone. Joopz also features text reminders, scheduled message delivery, message forwarding and additional value-added services.

"With more than 60 billion text messages sent worldwide per month, the market for text messaging is one of the fastest growing sectors of the communications industry," commented Gavin Macomber, MobileSphere's executive vice president of marketing. "We are very excited to introduce the concept of 'web texting' to consumers everywhere. By enabling two-way text messaging from a PC, Mac or other web-enabled device, Joopz delivers cutting-edge technology that will allow consumers to communicate easier, faster and more cost effectively."

Joopz web texting offers the following features:

  • Two-Way "Web Texting" -- Joopz lets users send and receive text messages (SMS) from the Web to any mobile phone for free. A real-time history of all conversations is included.
  • Group Chat -- With the Joopz Group Chat feature, users can have conversations via text with all their friends at once.
  • Text Reminders -- Don't forget the party! Joopz helps users manage their lives by tracking what they need to do and when, and then sending a text reminder.
  • Scheduled Texting -- A birthday, an anniversary, a graduation -- send delayed text messages for the recipient to receive at a specific time -- a day from now, a week from now, a year from now.
  • "Communication services should be adaptable across multiple types of devices and messaging channels to flexibly support the work and lifestyle needs of users," said Mike Gotta, Principal Analyst at Burton Group.

    "Web-based text messaging may well become a convenient alternative for consumers, as well as enterprise workers, to expedite sharing of information, and coordination of group activities."

    For more information about Joopz or to sign up for free, immediate service, visit

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    New Reply-All Text Mesaging Service

    3jam, Inc., announced its 3jam reply-all text messaging service. Available now at, 3jam enables users to send a text message to any number of friends at once, have everyone know who got the message, and have the replies go to everyone.

    3jam makes it fun and easy to coordinate and connect with people from any mobile phone using any carrier-all for the price of a regular text message. Using SMS, 3jam enables users to start a text conversation instantly with any number of friends they choose, all at once, without requiring the recipients to sign up for the service. However, signing up is free, and no subscription or download is required.

    "It's like reply-to-all for your mobile phone," said Andy Jagoe, co-founder and CEO. "We started this company because we wanted a better way to stay in touch with friends and were frustrated with the limitations of today's text messaging. Before 3jam, there was no way to send one text message to a group of friends where your friends could reply-to-all. Our early users have found that 3jam not only makes it easier and more fun to stay in touch, it actually makes socializing more spontaneous."

    "Text messaging will drive 62 percent of consumer mobile data application revenue this year, and it consistently ranks at the top of apps that mobile phone users ages 13 to 34 are willing to spend money on," said Jill Aldort, senior analyst for Yankee Group. "Reply-all text messaging gives consumers new reasons to text message which will help continue to drive this high level of usage."

    How 3jam Works
    Anyone who can send a text message can 3jam. No special software or downloads are required because 3jam works on any wireless carrier and on any mobile phone that supports text messaging. 3jam charges consumers nothing to use the service. Consumers can send a single message to multiple friends for the price of a standard text message.
    Without requiring a mailing list or pre-defined group to be set up in advance, 3jam users can choose who gets the message right when they decide to send it -- whether or not their friends are signed up with 3jam. Although web tools at make it easier to sign up, add friends and start 3jamming, users can do everything they need right from their phones.

    To try it, or to learn more, go to

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    Mercora - Music Search and Internet Radio Network

    "M," is the first wireless, over-the-air mobile media application for smart phones that gives you the ability to play music wirelessly from a PC --- and all this with pretty good sound quality.

    How does it work?  Subscribers can access their music library via their phone from ANY location and enjoy any file that is WMA, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis formatted. No, you can't play your iTunes music because of Apple's proprietary format but you can listen to all your music that was ripped from a CD to an iTunes library.

    How much music can you have?  It is only limited by the size of your PC's hard drive and, catch this, the size of up to 5 friends hard drives.  Yeah, you can log on to the music libraries of up to five friends ... anywhere in the world!  This sounds very cool!

    Check it out here ... this might be the service you've been looking for.

    Unlimited Music Listening on Mercora for FREE!

    Mercora IMRadio is for the music connoisseur or aficionado who is into music discovery. Mercora IMRadio is the "universal tuner" that connects you to the world's largest and legal music radio network powered by people, dj's and artists just like you. With Mercora IMRadio, you can search, find and listen to thousands of artists and hundreds of genres in near-CD quality sound from webcasters all over the world - you can never find such variety with other online services, AM, FM or even XM. Mercora IMRadio also allows you to legally time-shift authorized webcasts for listening at a later more convenient time or when you are disconnected from the Internet. Welcome to the future of legal music discovery - Mercora IMRadio!

    Indulge in the ultimate music discovery
    Search, find and listen to thousands of radio channels hosted by other Mercora users, disk jockeys and artists from our networks all over the world. Find webcasters whose music takes you back to that special place and time in your life. Discover new genres, artists and people from the remote corners of this world. Discover the world through music!

    Listen to your friends' collection of music or your own music from work
    You can browse and listen to your music library on your home pc from work or browse and listen to music in a friend's library. You can also use Mercora IM and forums to chat with your friends and make new ones to socialize online around your favorite music genre or artist.

    Customize Mercora to find music that you like
    You can customize Mercora to find music that you like and play it for you. You can also actively search this large catalog by artist

    Listen to music in premium sound
    Our specialized "open source" OGG/Vorbis encoders & decoders deliver awesome sound - sound that is better than what you get with MP3, WMA or any of the other media formats in the market. Listen to it and you'll notice the difference.

    Source: Mercora - Music Search and Internet Radio Network

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    Sunday, September 24, 2006

    Sony to REDUCE PS3 prices

    Ah, competition ... it's a terrific thing!  With all the entries into the game station market and the pressure from pricing, Sony will reduce their price structure by 17% for its Japanese release of the PS3 console scheduled for early November.

    With the 20 GB slated to be priced in Japan at $429, an $85 decrease, it is not know what the US pricing will be.  However, it is anticipated that similar price cuts will follow.

    Now we can only hope that they will see the light and drop the prices of the higher end units....