Month: June 2005

PodcastAwards.com

PodcastAwards.com has announced that Dave’s iPAQ was the top driver of traffic to their site in the first 10 days with 23,812 hits coming from our site. Because of you, Dave’s iPAQ won a years placement of a 120×120 ad on the site below the contributors link. We are very grateful for your consideration and appreciate that you took the time to visit PodcastAwards.com.

PodcastAwards.com will have a seperate traffic driver winner announced on 15 July or when voting opens. They have been getting an average of 2500 nominations per day over the past several days. Just a reminder — nominations close at 23:59 on June 30. We would again appreciate your thoughtfulness in giving our site another vote of confidence!

The folks at PodcastAwards.com have taken great care in the design and launching of this site to give all podcasters a equal chance in the opportunity to win a Peoples Choice Podcasting Award in their specific category.

They have planned this from the beginning to become an annual event, that will recognize the best podcasters in the world by allowing the people to nominate then vote for their favorite podcast

This will culminated with awards and prizes being given during the 2005 Awards ceremony that take place at Podcast Expo in Ontario California November 11-12, 2005. The full details are forthcoming on the event.

With the nomination process being kicked off June 15th 2005 followed by voting in July they expect to see over 100,000 hits per day and high user participation.

The 2005 Podcast Awards is being managed by Podcast Connect Inc. Located at 5032 Kamehameha Lp. Honolulu, Hi. 96818.

Employees of Podcast Connect are not eligible to participate in the nomination, or voting process. Any employee that has a podcast is not eligible to participate, any nominations for a Podcast Connect employee podcast will be thrown out. The host of this site is being Managed by the CEO of Podcast Connect Inc. Todd Cochrane, his podcast the Geek News Central Podcast is not eligible to participate as well.

All sponsorship money will be utilized for hosting cost, prizes, awards ceremony and any other People Choice Podcast Awards associated expenses that are incurred.

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Socket Communication’s Wi-Fi Companion

Having worked with another WiFi Utility for a long time, I started noticing more and more that other users were complaining that it did not support WPA-PSK/TKIP Connections. Unfortunately, because I did not have a WPA compliant WiFi Router at the time, I could not test for possible issues like that.

Of course, this all changed when I recently obtained a new WiFi Router that supported WPA-PSK/TKIP Connections! So I found myself unable to connect even though I had the right drivers. I went looking and found this program, and I have to say, It is a wonderfully well designed and thought-out product. It’s GUI is simple and intuitive, so the learning curve is next to non-existent; yet the program provides a wealth of information to those wishing to use it to troubleshoot their connectivity problems.

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Socket Communication’s Wi-Fi Companion

CONCLUSION:

This program embodies the concept of simplicity, while still providing highly detailed information about the network, should the user need them. I like to refer to this kind of GUI (Graphic User Interface) as the “low or no learning curve” GUI, yet it also attains high marks for providing that detailed information for those of us who are technically minded users. Specifically, network administrators will absolutely love the dizzying amount of details and statistical reports available from this program. The fact that one program could readily satisfy both the technical and non-technical crowds speaks volumes to all of the hard work that went into the design of this program!

PROs

• Supports WPA, WPA-PSK, 802.1x, 40/128-bit WEP, and Open • GUI designed to show simple information on top, yet has fairly detailed information depending on how far down you drill into the GUI. • Excellent use of Charts and Tables (not shown in review) provides great overview of network.

CONs

• Higher initial cost may prove too high for casual consumers. However, reviewer agrees that price point is well-deserved for a product this well designed.

THE INFO:

Author Company: Socket Communications Inc Current Version: 2.5.0.0 Company Website: Socket Communication (http://www.socketcom.com/) URL for Product: Wi-Fi Companion (http://www.socketcom.com/product/SW1221-596.asp)

Cost: $24.99

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Socket Communication’s Wi-Fi Companion

REVIEWER’S FINDINGS:

I thoroughly enjoyed using and reviewing this product. A good example of how good this utility is: when I go to turn on my iPAQ and the Wireless adapter was left enabled from previous use, I have found that my WiFi network connections to my home router have been negotiated and connected before I even have the chance to complete my password protected login to my iPAQ itself! That’s FAST!

Another fact that I have noticed is that Wi-Fi Companion configures itself to work WITH the operating system’s “Zero Configuration Networking”, instead of trying to hijack the connection and run everything itself. A very smooth working utility, no hiccups or problems were detected. The GUI is incredibly simple to use, yet it provides a great wealth of information, and includes a TRACE and PING capability. As mentioned previously, this product is a definite addition to my personal library of “indispensable” software programs.

CONFIGURING YOUR OWN HOME CONNECTION:

A good way to get to know Wi-Fi Companion is to download and install it, and see how easy it makes hooking your iPAQ to your home Wireless network! The download is free and the software is fully active for the entire 14-day trial period.

In the steps below, I will outline how to connect to your home Wireless network for the first time using this product: 1.) Install the product on your Host PC and perform a USB ActiveSync to install it on your iPAQ. 2.) Enable your Wireless Adapter and start the Wi-Fi Companion program. 3.) Once you start the program for the first time, it will display your iPAQ and it’s device name in the upper left-hand corner of the display, as noted on the right. 4.) Click on the Tower icon in the lower right-hand corner. This will take you to the WiF Finder screen, shown below left.

5.) Press and hold on the SSID name of your Router, this will produce the “Get Connected” option if you have never setup this connection. 6.) If you have already configured your connection profile, the choices will instead be “Edit Profile” or “Delete Profile”. If your connection is indeed working, skip to step x to continue following along. 7.) Once you arrive at the Configure Wireless Network screen, your SSID name should already be filled into the first field. You need only change the “Connects to:” option to WORK, as shown in the screenshot below right.

8.) Now you will need to jump to the “Network Key” tab (bottom of screen) and enter your Key information. For the purposes of this example, I am choosing WPA-PSK as my Authentication method, and TKIP as my method of Data Encryption. In most cases, the Key is not automatically provided to you, so leave this unchecked. Enter your key in the “Network Key:” field. Leave the “Key Index” option alone, as most users will not need to adjust this setting. 9.) On the next tab “802.1x”, you will be offered choices regarding your certification. Check the box next to “Use IEEE 802.1x network access control”, and the “EAP Type:” of “Smart Card or Certificate”. Choose OK, and you’re almost done!

10.) You should now find yourself back at the main Wi-Fi Companion screen, but hopefully you’ll go from the screen at the right (just shows your iPAQ and the Tower again) to the screen showing that your iPAQ’s Wireless adapter has been associated to your Router and picked-up a DHCP assignment. 11.) When your iPAQ does pickup an IP assignment, your screen will change to the screen shown below, which offers your DHCP or STATIC IP address, as well as packets send and received.

VKB to Bring Virtual Keyboard Technology to Symbian OS Advanced Phones

VKB Inc, an intelligent optical interface and projection display technology company, announced today that it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program to support the growing market for smartphones based on Symbian OS(TM). As a Platinum Partner, VKB is extending its virtual keyboard technology to the Symbian ecosystem. Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global industry standard operating system for smartphones, to the world’s leading handset manufacturers, which account for over 80-percent of annual mobile phone sales worldwide.

The VKB technology provides an easy, intuitive way for users to input data and access the full functionality of increasingly advanced smartphones allowing Symbian OS to truly fly. By becoming a Symbian Platinum Partner, VKB ensures the close integration of its solutions (both embedded and licensed standalone accessory) with smartphones based on Symbian OS. The modular technology now looks set to be adopted and embedded by Symbian OS OEMs building on the success of the Bluetooth standalone accessory manufactured by i.Tech Dynamic Ltd (http://www.itechdynamic.com).

“As Symbian OS phones become more popular and increasingly deployed into the mass market, users look for added functionality,” said Simon Garth, vice president, marketing for Symbian. “The virtual keyboard is an innovative projection and detection system that complements Symbian OS smartphones very well. We are pleased to have VKB join the Symbian Platinum Program and bring its projection and detection technology to the Symbian ecosystem.”

“This partnership reflects our commitment to build on our mobile strategy; to bring convenient data input capabilities to mobile users whilst continuing to allow the OEMs flexibility in product design,” said Jonathan Curtiss, CEO of VKB. “By becoming a Symbian Platinum Partner, we can further expand the reach of our virtual keyboard and strengthen our relationships with users, application developers, smartphone manufacturers and carriers/network operators.”

VKB’s mission is to create a new generation of high-performance, low-cost virtual interface solutions across a wide range of applications in the communications, computing, medical, automotive, industrial, defense and digital entertainment markets. It has developed proprietary optical technology, received its first major patent and has further patents pending. The initial products, the Virtual Keyboard and Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard, provide superior data input solutions that significantly enhance the usefulness of many wireless communications and computing devices.

About the Symbian Platinum Program

The Symbian Platinum Program includes companies that have a technology or strategic position that is key to the success of mobile computing technology surrounding Symbian OS. As part of the program, Platinum Partners benefit from a range of commercial services, including technical support and joint marketing opportunities as well as privileged access to Symbian OS source code and a dedicated Partner Support team. For more information please see http://www.symbian.com/partners/platinum.html. Catriona Harris, 415-984-1970 ext. 118
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03-24-2005, 12:52 PM   #1

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Samsung’s i730 = Verizon? I guess ill be forking out another $500.00 Bucks all signs point to Verizon carrying the I730 according to Samsung it will be out in the next couple of months. I don’t know if paying another $500.00 is worth the headaches that the XV6600 gave me but I’m ready to part ways with mine. http://www.cnet.com/4520-10602_1-5619304-1.html

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Samsung i730 likely to be released in mid-March

Submitted by AdamaDBrown Friday, February 25, 2005

Recent conversations with Samsung have resulted in strong hints on the part of the company’s representatives that Samsung intends to announce the release of the i730 PocketPC phone at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association trade show in mid-March. This is consistent with earlier reports we’ve heard concerning a possible mid-to-late March release date for the i730 on Verizon Wireless.

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03-27-2005, 04:39 PM   #3

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Conflicting feature reports…

I’ve read that it has Wi-Fi and that it doesn’t. I’ve read that it has a “megapixel camera” and that it doesn’t.

Anyone know?

 
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Samsung to intro the i730 next month

“Can we say how excited we were when we first peeped the i730, Samsung’s new EV-DO capable Pocket PC Phone? We thought we’d finally found what we were looking for—the i730 is only slightly larger than the Treo 650 and sports a 2.8-inch QVGA (240×320) 65,000 color touch screen, 64MB RAM, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard—but then we played around with it. Yeah, the screen is nice, and the prospect of having EV-DO on a phone like this really, really, really appeals to us, but that slide-out keyboard (which is one of the big selling points) just wasn’t cutting it for us (typing on it wasn’t pleasant). Anyway, not that we care as much as we used to, but apparently the i730 is going to be launched at the big CTIA wireless trade show in March, with Verizon all but guaranteed to be the carrier (it really couldn’t be anybody else now, could it?).”

Posted by: NewsGuy – on Saturday, February 26, 2005 – 07:25 PM

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03-27-2005, 09:11 PM   #5

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soo… seeing as it’s march, and samsung has a nice big flash presentation on everything they’re showing, or showed at CeBit 2005, and the i730 isn’t mentioned/wasn’t shown anywhere…

any thoughts? Anyone have any interesting news?

 
03-31-2005, 12:00 AM   #6

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Okay folks……I did a little bit of surfing on the net tonight and I found this lovely little information. The post is kinda old but if you go to the last paragraph and follow the instructions…..you will have all the info you need on the i730 EXCEPT a release date. In regards to the question of if it is going to be a verizon phone my guess is that it will be. Currently verizon is the only US carrier of EVDO data and the user manual on the FCC website has EVDO functionality all over it. The only other posiblity would be Sprint, but they do not have EVDO right now. Hard to say….but I thought it was worth posting! I think I will be taking advantage of my cell insurance if this phone comes out soon!

http://msmobiles.com/mobile/news.php?id=3436

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04-01-2005, 01:44 AM   #7

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Update: Here is another page WITH the release date! Could this be what we are looking for? If Audiovox doesn’t come up to the BT 1.1 standard…I am gonna dump them for teh i730! Any thoughts on this device?

http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=667

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Quiet before the storm???

It’s gotten very quiet on the boards regarding this Samsung i730 phone. Maybe everyone just got tired of projecting a release date but don’t you think it still looks like it should be a hot phone if Verizon releases it? I’m not sure about any of these mini-keyboards. I was playing with a Treo yesterday and decided I would have thrown it out after a week if I’d owned it (particularly with no Graffiti capability). Has anyone found that you “get used to these keyboards” or are they a complete waste of time?

Regardless, the i730 still looks like a winner and with a solid manufacturer like Samsung, everything will probably work! The 700 is a good product and we need continued reliability in these products.

 
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You are looking not until end of August per Verizon Executive I spoke with.

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VZW reps being trained!

Hey guys, hop on over to phonescoop’s forum (Sorry Dave, I mean no disrespect…) and checkout the posts this last weekend. It looks like the reps are being trained now with a possible release date of late June. Just thought I would put my 2 cents worth in!

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I will also fork out another $500.00 for the i730. I had too many self hard rest problems. Each time my Audiovox rest itself, I have to get a new PID number to use my software at Mobipocket and skyscape.

 
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I dont see a June release on the i730.. I have been speaking with Verizon PR and still they dont have review units.

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And it starts! Verizon Starts! http://www.vzwshop.com/samsungi730info/#

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When the manager of my local VZW store told me June, he made it crystal clear that it was only a rumor, so when it arrives in January I won’t punch him in the nose.

 
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I hope they rethink the 64M memory thing. That’s a key reason I moved from the i700 to the XV6600. Everytime I wanted to add a new app to the i700 with its 64M of memory I had to take something else off. One the other hand, additional capabilities beyond those announced are rumored to be in the works perhaps as future firmware upgrades. Maybe supporting those features will force a bump to 128M!

In the meantime, I seem to have gotten my XV6600 in a reasonably stable configuration for now. And it was way too much work

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The manager of my VZW store said he saw a Verizon representative a few days ago CARRYING the SAMSUNG i730. I said, “Oh, that’s good news!” He said, “No it isn’t. If he’s still got his, Verizon’s testing may have a long way to go.”

He then gave me some insight into their test procedure. The phone part of that test unit he saw was turned off, with the data part turned on. They evidently isolate the major functions, then test them together. So he’s guessing they’re in the middle of that (low) level of testing. The resutls then filter up the several-leveled chain of command. Sounds Byzantine to me, but who am I.

 
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You know, I read the specs on this unit. Last year I had an i700….for 8 hours. Then it was dead and needed to be replaced.

I’ve had my Audiovox 6600 for almost 3 weeks now and I’m happier every day.

 

HP iPAQ h6325 Pocket PC – phone edition available NOW

Well we just stumbled on this one. Looks like its official and available now.. If you live for cutting-edge tech gadgets check out this three-in-one in gem: an HP iPAQ a mobile phone and a camera. It’s the first and smallest handheld that boasts integrated three-way wireless (GSM, GPRS, WLAN, Bluetooth). Cool, or what?

Phone capability requires separately purchased service contract from HP-certified Cingular carrier. Call HP Activation at (877) 261–6066 to select service plan (sold separately) and activate phone. Step by step instructions included in box with iPAQ h6325. More Cingular coverage/plan info.

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ScotteVest Spoofs iPOD Commercial

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June 1, 2005 SCOTTEVEST, INC. (SeV), the industry leader in functional fashion, released a web commercial parody of Apple’s iPod commercial. Apple’s commercial shows a dancer in silhouette with the iPod’s signature white wires flying around. SeV’s parody humorously portrays the inherent danger of dancing with wires dangling. The dancer gets tangled in the wires and trips. He then dons SeV’s patented Technology Enabled Clothing (TEC), which manages the wires through hidden conduits, and then dances with increased energy as the beat of the music intensifies. The commercial ends with an endorsement from a surprising source, Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple and SeV customer.

Woz was actually the inspiration for SeV’s commercial. When Scott Jordan, SCOTTEVEST CEO and Founder, discovered that Steve Wozniak was an online customer, he initiated an email correspondence. Much to his surprise, Woz replied within minutes. Scott asked how he had heard about SeV, Woz said his son is fan of the clothing line and added, “The SeV is the perfect accessory for an iPod.”

Jordan, a long-time iPod enthusiast and self-proclaimed gadget junkie, kept flashing back to Woz’s words every time he viewed the iPod commercial. “I kept seeing this great commercial for a product I love and all I could think of was that the dancer was going to trip,” said Jordan. “Then, it occurred to me to do a parody of the commercial. I explained my idea to Woz and he loved it, even agreeing to play the role of the dancer, if needed.

When asked whether he was concerned about Apple’s response to this commercial, Jordan replied, “Imitation is the best form of flattery. We are not competing with Apple, merely showing how our products work well together. I think that the iPod is an awesome product I use mine everyday and I wanted to show how our line of Technology Enabled Clothing makes using an iPod even better.” Before commencing production, Jordan, a lawyer in a past career, consulted with his attorneys who assured him that parodies are not violations of copyright law.

SCOTTEVEST offers a full line of Technology Enabled Clothing including vests, jackets, pants, shorts and hats. In conjunction with this commercial, SeV is introducing a full product line targeted at the iPod demographic-which is everyone, including one of SeV’s best known customers, President Bush. In addition to selling its own clothing line, the company’s patented technology is available for license to other clothing companies.

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Founded in 2001, Technology Enabled Clothing (TEC) is the leader in the apparel industry as it relates to incorporating electronic equipment into clothing. TEC holds patent protection for the design and utility of incorporating third-party electronic devices and their wires into clothing. The company maintains strategic partnerships with significant contributors to the technology-driven garment industry including Xybernaut®, Global Solar®, Foster-Miller® and others. For more information regarding licensing TEC® technology, please visit www.technologyenabledclothing.com.

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Lightning Distance Calculator

It’s raining hard…all of a sudden there is a flash and KABOOM!…and you jump. As soon as you pull yourself together you wonder just how far away is that storm so you start to count…thousand 1….thousand 2…thousand 3…Here is an easy way to find your answer. JC

Battery Pack Pro – New Version Released

Omega One has just released a new version of Battery Pack Pro. This software has been a top sellar for several years and now it has just got better.

Power Time

World time view. See where it’s daylight, or check when your friends / customers are awake or at work. Gets the latest exchange rates & weather conditions for each city. * Battery Bar can now show up to 6 items. * Battery Bar shows Power Time information. * New Power Application brings all Power… components together for the first time. * Fully Windows Mobile 5.0 compatible. * English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Traditional Chinese, Catalan. When you upgrade from an older version of Battery Pack / Battery Pack Pro or any other battery monitor product you purchased – get the latest version of Battery Pack Pro with Power Time for just $9.99, and get a free copy of 1-Pass (total value $49.98). Offer expires July 31st 2005.

To take advantage of this special offer, click here if you are an existing Battery Pack / Battery Pack Pro customer, or e-mail [email protected]megaone.com with a e-mail receipt of your qualifying battery monitor product.

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