Month: August 2005

Dave’s Ipaq – PocketMusic Player for Smartphone devices released @ Dave’s iPAQ

PocketMusic Player 2.0 for Windows Powered Smartphones released. New music player has such features as HTTP Streaming for MP3 and OGG (Shoutcast and Icecast Internet Radio Stations), Crossfading and Gapless playback, Alarm feature, WMA playback, Automatic playback pause on incoming calls and others.

Key features:

MP3, OGG Vobis, MP1, MP2 support WMA playback (Windows Mobile 2003 or later required) with 10-band equalizer (Equalizer requires CPU operating at 200 MHz or more) Advanced Playlist Editor Automatic playback pause on incoming calls HTTP streaming audio support for MP3 and OGG internet radio broadcast. Title streaming also supported (ShoutCast, IceCast). Hardware keys mapping options Crossfading and Gapless playback 10-band equalizer Alarm feature – wake up to your favorite music! Sleep timer (stop playback after specified time) 18 presets for equalizer (Dance, Headphones, Live, Pop, Rock, others) Extra-Bass feature Bookmark feature (support for audiobooks, recordered radio programs, DJ sets, etc) “Local content loading from specified folder” option Adjustable fast forward/rewind speed

Various repeat and shuffle modes

Learm more about PocketMusic for Smartphone here.

Dave’s Ipaq – HP iPAQ rz1710 Navigator GPS @ Dave’s iPAQ

A compact Car Cradle with integrated SiRFStar III GPS receiver, built-in speaker, built-in windshield-mount suction cup pocket pc reflects a new innovative move in PDA strategy from HP. The HP iPAQ 1710 is presently the best value priced HP PDA from the new range of iPAQs, specifically engineered to fulfil the role of bargain priced PDA based GPS this is ideal. From it’s specifications it is a strategically streamlined version of the very latest handheld computers that is perfect for Satellite Navigation due to its competitive pricing, bottom-based connection port and its portrait and landscape viewing modes.

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Dave’s Ipaq – NAVIGON Inc. Extends OEM Partnership with Easy PocketNAV to Deliver OnCourse Navigator 5 @ Dave’s iPAQ

NAVIGON, the leading company for mobile GPS navigation software, who according to Canalys holds more than 30 percent of the current market share in the mobile navigation industry in Europe and the Middle East, and Easy PocketNAV, the leading distributor for portable GPS navigation solutions, today announced the availability of OnCourse Navigator 5 (OCN 5), an affordable GPS navigation software for Pocket PC’s.

Available immediately at www.oncoursenavigator.com, the cost for OCN 5 will begin at $79. OCN 5 comes as a DVD set with maps of North America that will fit on a 256 MB, 512 MB and 1 GB memory card and maps of Puerto Rico, Alaska, Europe, and six Persian Gulf countries. OCN 5 is the first GPS navigation software at all that includes maps of Mexico. The European map provides four additional countries including Hungary, Slovenia, Poland, and Greece. These maps are available on the DVD and can be activated at any time for instant access so users no longer have to wait for delivery. Existing customers of OCN 4 receive a free upgrade to OCN 5 together with new maps and new features, saving $139 for existing users.

“Easy PocketNAV.com is committed to bringing U.S. and Canadian consumers the most cost-effective and easy-to-use GPS navigation solution available,” Joe Kee, vice president of Easy PocketNAV.com. “Our relationship with NAVIGON is a natural fit. Their large market share and unique features enable us to provide some of the best GPS products with simple, intuitive operation for beginners and experienced users.”

The new online tool, “My OCN,” allows the user to create a user history that can be accessed and changed at any time. “My OCN” also enables the user to download new map styles and start screens so that the user can customize as he or she chooses.

Other advanced features of the software include SpeedInfo, SpeedWarning and RoadInfo information. The SpeedInfo feature shows users the speed limit and SpeedWarning warns drivers when they are exceeding speed limits with visual and acoustic alerts. For the first time in the history of navigation systems, OCN 5 offers RoadInfo, a feature that enables the user to view highway and interstate signs on their Pocket PC exactly as they appear. Additionally, the unit provides seamless navigation across state borders for all of North America and Europe.

“As we expand our outreach in the North American marketplace, we are pleased to continue our relationship with Easy PocketNAV, a leading distributor of GPS solutions,” said Edgar Christen, U.S. general manager at NAVIGON. “It is our goal to continue to deliver the most innovative GPS solutions possible to our OEM partners.”

Key features of the software include:

— Standard and Extended Mode – allows for easy navigation out of the box and more advanced features are available to experienced users, at no additional cost. — Speed Info displays speed limits — SpeedWarning offers an acoustic warning when driver exceeds the speed limit. — RoadInfo displays street signs. — It offers navigation in 37 countries on three continents. For users travelling outside of North America, maps of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii, 27 European countries, six Persian Gulf countries are available by registering and paying a small fee online. — Available in English, French and Spanish. — Pedestrian routing mode offers shortest possible walking distances between points. — Base-Name-Street search for precise and convenient entry of destinations. — Fast, automated rerouting, without interaction by the driver for maximum safety while driving. — A user can travel through states and countries without the need for map exchange. — Points of Interests (POIs) are displayed on the map and accessible in 121 categories. The user can search nearby towns or cities of their choice for ATMs, restaurants, hotels or rental car locations. — Integration with Pocket PC (MS-Outlook) allows the user to navigate directly from their contact database without re-typing addresses — Easy-to-read 2-D and 3-D realistic map display of crossroads and traffic flow arrow symbols, as well as further customizable features (for example speed display, compass, etc.) to help find the correct turn on the most complex intersections

About NAVIGON, Inc.

Established in March 2004, NAVIGON, Inc, the U.S. subsidiary of NAVIGON GmbH, a leader in GPS Navigation Systems, provides navigation systems for corporate, mobile and automobile use. NAVIGON GmbH developed the world’s first dynamic GPS Navigation system eight years ago and has been expanding internationally since the end of 2003, opening markets in 12 European countries. According to a recent study by Canalys, NAVIGON holds the one-third of the current market share in the mobile navigation industry and is the leading company among suppliers of mobile navigation solutions in Europe (10% growth since the previous year). NAVIGON’s products enable consumers to use GPS navigation technology software on their mobile phones, PDA’s and in their automobiles. NAVIGON’s strategic partners include major automobile manufacturers and computer manufacturers including VW, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fujitsu-Siemens and Hewlett-Packard.

Find more information on NAVIGON here.

About Easy PocketNAV

Based in Atlanta, Ga., Easy PocketNAV is a leading distributor of portable GPS navigation solutions which are sold through its online store www.buygpsnow.com. The company has received on average 9.5 out of 10 Rating Score from existing customers at Reseller Ratings.com for best service and customer satisfaction. The company’s line of portable GPS navigation systems use the best hardware and GPS mapping software on the market and are full-featured navigation solutions for handheld computing for Microsoft Pocket PC, Pocket PC phone and palm handheld devices.

Contacts

Bell Pottinger USA Jessica Roeber/Gena Henderson, 617-210-4755 [email protected] [email protected]

You can find more information about OnCourse Navigator 5 here.

Dave’s Ipaq – Mercora, the World’s Largest Digital Radio Network Goes Mobile @ Dave’s iPAQ

Mercora, the Internet’s largest and fastest growing user-contributed digital radio network, today announced the availability of Mercora IM Radio Mobile v1.0. IM Radio Mobile supports Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003-based devices, such as Pocket PCs and Pocket PC phones, and provides mobile and wireless access to the world’s largest user-contributed digital radio network powered by people, disk jockeys and artists from all over the world. With over twenty thousand commercial-free channels available daily, IM Radio Mobile users can search, find and listen to thousands of artists and hundreds of genres in high fidelity sound from the convenience of their Windows Mobile-based devices and phones.

“IM Radio gives people instant access to a huge network of music, social interactivity features, and audio quality that is superior to XM or digital radio,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst, the Enderle Group. “The cell phone carriers and Windows Mobile device manufacturers are looking for a way to get in on the XM radio and the iPod craze, and Mercora provides a compelling way to provide rich audio content to users.”

Users applaud IM Radio Mobile Version 1.0. “A Pocket PC with IM Radio is like having a wireless iPod with way better sound and music selection,” commented beta tester Cliff Thomson, host of the RadioVillaStJeanMusicCircle station on the Mercora network. “I now use my HP iPAQ 6315 Pocket PC phone as my primary music device anytime I’m on the road or at a Starbucks.”

IM Radio Mobile 1.0 provides:

— Support for any Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PC or Pocket PC phone with Wi-Fi, GSM or GPRS (3G) connectivity. Windows Mobile-certified devices include Pocket PCs by Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), Dell Inc. and Asus, and Pocket PC phones by HP, Samsung, Audiovox, Siemens, and i-mate.

— Mobile access to over twenty thousand individually programmed music radio channels representing a wide diversity in genres and styles that truly reflect the musical tastes of people all over the world. Such a capability is unavailable on any existing terrestrial, satellite or Internet radio service.

— A new metaphor for mobile radio that allows people to search, find and listen to music and related programming from users, DJs and artists on Mercora’s global radio networks in the U.S. and Canada. IM Radio Mobile also allows users to easily search the network for available broadcasts by artist, genre and webcaster/DJ.

— High fidelity, near-CD quality sound by incorporating a version of Ogg Vorbis that has been highly optimized by Mercora developers. Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, non-proprietary, patent-and-royalty-free, general-purpose compressed audio format for audio and music, in the same competitive class as MPEG-4 (AAC), and similar to, but higher performance than MP3 and WMA.

— Instant messaging, group chat and social networking capabilities that allows users to keep in touch with friends and family while roaming.

“With over 1.5m downloads, twenty thousand user-programmed channels from a catalog of over thirty million songs, CD-quality sound and social interactivity,” said Srivats Sampath, CEO, Mercora. “IM Radio is poised to rapidly surpass satellite radio as the next big thing in global digital radio.”

Pricing and Availability

IM Radio Mobile is available now free to all Mercora Premier Subscribers. Subscribers pay $3.99 per month (billed annually) or $4.99 per month (billed monthly). Premier users get unlimited listening and up to 10 hours of music recording, among other benefits. Mercora’s mission is to catalog and organize the world’s music and audio content and make it universally searchable and legally listenable for everyone. The company has completely redefined radio by creating the world’s largest user-contributed digital music network, Mercora’s IM Radio. Twenty thousand channels of commercial-free high fidelity sound with powerful social networking built-in are available to everyone, anywhere. Mercora (http://www.mercora.com) is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. Paula Dunne, 408-776-1400 or 408-893-8750 (mobile)
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Dave’s Ipaq – Daves iPAQ 04212005 Podcast is up @ Dave’s iPAQ

Our weekly podcast is avaliable. If you use this and copy the address into your aggregator. Now you should be all set and automatically download any of our podcasts on the fly. Just like setting up a season pass in tivo! If you would not like to use an aggregator you can download the direct link here

Podcast Show Notes

• Introduction • New Recording Studio • Treo Giveaway • Question about Mac & PocketPC Synchronization • Daves iPAQ Giveaway • Boston PocketPC Club Meeting • Gizmodo has some 6500 pictures • Laura 1000 posts • Received my I-Mate Jam

• Steves Tips and Tricks

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Dave’s Ipaq – Mobile Digital TV On Your iPAQ @ Dave’s iPAQ

On the heels of demonstrating mobile broadcast digital TV (DTV) reception in the world’s first fully functional DVB-H (digital video broadcast — handheld) enabled handset, DiBcom announced that the drivers of its DIB7000-H(TM) chipset have been ported onto the Windows CE operating system. As the first company to introduce a mobile DTV chip based on the open industry DVB-H standard, DiBcom’s support of Microsoft Windows Mobile software is a significant boost to developers planning to integrate DTV services into consumer devices such as Smartphones, PocketPCs and portable media players. To ease this integration, DiBcom is now offering a complete DIB7000-H reference design based on a DVB-H Secure Digital (SD) memory card that can be inserted into devices equipped with Windows Mobile software and an interface slot.

“DTV services in handheld devices based on the DVB-H standard a very compelling feature to the consumer,” said Allen Nogee, principal analyst of Wireless Component Technology at In-Stat. “The combination of the open interfaces offered by Windows Mobile software and the proven performance of DiBcom’s DVB-H technology will allow the development of third-party mobile broadcast DTV services such as electronic service guides and digital rights management. The availability of such applications has been a boon to the public acceptance and commercial success of emerging technologies and is expected to have the same effect on DVB-H.”

A DVB-H equipped Windows Mobile-based Smartphone is being demonstrated at NAB in Las Vegas by Microsoft and DiBcom using a live TV signal broadcast by wireless infrastructure provider Crown Castle. The cooperation between DiBcom and Microsoft offers an open platform for DVB-H development, trials, and deployments. The proven performance of the DiBcom solution makes it perfectly suited for use in DVB-H networks deployed in the U.S. by Crown Castle as well as the rest of the world.

“DiBcom is providing the industry’s first DVB-H chip to be embedded onto a SD-card format plugged into a Windows CE based handheld device,” stated Stuart Pekowsky, new business development manager, DiBcom. “We are pleased to offer support for development of platforms based on Windows mobile software. The ‘Proven Performance’ of DiBcom’s DVB-H technology running on such platforms now extends our coverage to a major market segment.”

Demonstrations of the new DiBcom DIB7000 digital TV chip running on a Windows CE platform can be seen NAB in Microsoft’s booth SL332 and by DiBcom at DVB booth SU11408.

About DiBcom

DiBcom is at the heart of mobile TV. As a fabless semiconductor company that designs high-performance chipsets, DiBcom enables low-power mobile and portable TV reception everywhere and at speeds exceeding 100 mph. The company’s solutions are used in automotive, PC/peripheral and handheld device applications. DiBcom has extensive experience solving real-world mobile digital terrestrial television (DTT) reception problems and has overcome the main technological barriers to high-quality service. The company has developed patented algorithms and architecture for fast and accurate channel estimation and high Doppler compensation. Its chipsets are compliant with the current worldwide Digital Video Broadcast standards DVB-T and DVB-H.

Visit DiBcom here.

Dave’s Ipaq – OnCourse NAVIGATOR Software @ Dave’s iPAQ

NAVIGON, the European market leader of mobile GPS navigation systems for dynamic telematics, navigation solutions and driver assistance systems, today announced an OEM agreement with EasyPocketNAV.com, a leading distributor for portable GPS navigation solutions.

EasyPocketNAV.com will market and sell the OnCourse Navigator 4â„¢ software, based on NAVIGON’s technology platform, which turns Microsoft-powered Pocket PCs into an easy-to-use voice guided GPS navigation system.

Available Nov. 9 at www.OnCourseNavigator.com, OnCourse Navigator 4 gives users access to an advanced navigation system independently from their vehicles, allowing for accurate and secure travel no matter the location. Easy to use and install without any mounting costs or additional fees, OnCourse Navigator 4 offers advanced features such as individualized navigation maps for car and pedestrian navigation. OnCourse Navigator 4 also has the industry’s highest compression rate of map data, fewer than 1GB, allowing users to store maps on a smaller memory card and save money.

With the development of the world’s first dynamic GPS Navigation system eight years ago, NAVIGON Inc.’s parent company, NAVIGON GmbH, based in Germany, is the European market leader in the mobile navigation systems industry. NAVIGON has been expanding internationally since 2003, opening up new markets in twelve European countries. With the launch of its OEM solution from EasyPocketNAV.com, NAVIGON is further extending its market expertise and reach to benefit U.S. and Canadian companies looking to generate time and cost savings using GPS navigation technology for applications such as enterprise and fleet management and Location Based Services (LBS).

Joe Kee, president of Easy PocketNAV.com, said, We selected NAVIGON to be our GPS software partner because of their extensive knowledge and market experience in providing excellent GPS software. They are a market leader in terms of giving customers what they want — innovative user-friendly features. With the strong development team from NAVIGON, we believe our OnCourse Navigator software will generate strong adoption and market-share in the North American market.

Using its MapExport tool, the OnCourse Navigator 4 software lets users plan complex routes with multiple stops, allowing the users to tailor maps based on need rather than what’s available. This allows the user to save memory, while at the same time, receive a map that allows them to travel seamlessly without having to switch between maps. OnCourse Navigator 4 also offers an Itinerary Planner, allowing the user to plan an entire trip before they depart. Users can select locations from any point and OnCourse Navigator will calculate a complete door-to-door route with complete street level detail anywhere in North America. Users can type in their Point of Interest (POI) final destination such as a hotel address, and make any stops along the way.

Additional product features of OnCourse Navigator 4 include:

Highly up-to-date map data of Canada and the United States through partner Navteq at the highest compression rate in the industry

East to west coast navigation with detail street level map in under 7MB (e.g. from NYC to San Francisco)

A newly-developed Base-Name-Street search for precise navigation to the end destination, down to a house number.

Route calculation around traffic jams, road works or other obstacles

Voice activated navigation to destinations with Voice Command

1.95 Million POIs as special destinations such as airports or car rental stations.

Precise voice guide with prompts regarding interstates

The highest number of speech files, providing users with the best and safest voice guidance of all navigation systems

Flexible tour planning with as many intermediate destinations as you like and cross border navigation through states and countries without the need for additional memory or map switching

Easy-to-read map display with a realistic display of crossroads and traffic flow arrow symbols, as well as further customizable features (for example optional 3D view, speed display, compass, etc.) to help find the correct turn on the most complex intersections

Integration with Pocket PC (MS-Outlook) allows use to navigate directly from their contact database without re-typing addresses

Pedestrian mode to complete the trip with the shortest possible distance to walk and wireless GPS receiver (e.g. Bluetooth)

Edgar Christen, general manager for NAVIGON, Inc., said, NAVIGON’s core corporate philosophy is to create secure and comfortable mobility for individuals and companies, wherever and whenever, that is easy to plan and efficient to operate. Our partnership with EasyPocketNAV.com is an example of the types of OEM partnerships we are actively seeking with companies looking to bring GPS benefits to businesses and consumers.

NAVIGON is active in three business areas including mobility, automotive and business solutions for the field. NAVIGON’s business strategy for North America is based on a proven model already successfully applied in the European market, focusing on its software’s compatibility with Pocket PCs and the new generation of smart phones, as well as product ˜bundles’ with hardware from manufacturers and OEMs partners. Current customers and partners include Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, DaimlerChrysler, VW, BMW and Microsoft.

ADAC is third largest automobile club in the world, with more than 14 million members. Oliver Neumueller, ADAC cooperation manager, said, Our main goal is to make driving for our members as enjoyable and stress free as possible. In order to ensure the safest passage on unknown paths and routes for our customers, we reviewed all available mobile navigation systems, and NAVIGON’s solutions convinced us. NAVIGON’s platform is very user friendly and unbeatable in price. Plus it offers pedestrian navigation, allowing our members to enhance every aspect of their travels. ADAC would recommend the NAVIGON system to all our members and drivers.

OnCourse Navigator 4TM is available at www.OnCourseNavigator.com along with a comprehensive line of solutions specifically designed for new and existing Pocket PC users. In addition to this, there are also a number of e-tailers that can be found under the Where to Buy section of the website. Pricing begins at 99.95 for cross upgrade and $ 199.95 for complete car kit.

About NAVIGON, Inc.

Established in March 2004, NAVIGON, Inc. the U.S. subsidiary of NAVIGON GmbH, Europe’s market leader in GPS Navigation Systems, provides navigation systems for corporate, mobile and automobile use. NAVIGON GmbH developed the world’s first dynamic GPS Navigation system eight years ago and has been expanding internationally since the end of 2003, opening markets in twelve European countries. NAVIGON’s products enable consumers to use GPS navigation technology software on their mobile phones, PDA’s and in their automobiles. NAVIGON’s strategic partners include major automobile manufacturers and computer manufacturers including VW, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fujitsu-Siemens and Hewlett-Packard. For more information on NAVIGON, visit www.navigon.com.

Dave’s Ipaq – Sony Vaio U-71 @ Dave’s iPAQ

Bringing the ultra portable computing experience to life.. Something all PocketPC owners want!

Many of you are probably wondering how I got my hands on an ultra portable computer that is only available in Japan? Well a company named Dynamism specializes in importing ultra-cool Japanese portable computers and shipping them to eager enthusiasts around the world. We are also lucky enough to be an affiliate through Mobile Planet to offer these great ultra portable computers to you directly. After reading this review you will know why I want to keep this small pda like computer. The device I received was the Sony U-71 sporting a 1.2 GHz Pentium M processor with 512MB of memory and a 30 gig hard drive, 802.11b/g Wireless LAN, CF Card Slot; Memory and the traditional Sony Memory Stick slot! Users should note the U-71 does not come with any sort of optical drive since they consider them option accessories.

Experience

The U-71 is designed to be operated for the mobile user on the go. The pointing stick is on the right hand side of the screen, and the mouse buttons are on the left. The left mouse click key has a small notch, so your fingers identify immediately.  Of course, you can also use a stylus (not included) or finger on the touch-sensitive screen to navigate–a fantastically fast and efficient method which I used most of the time.  I did notice the fin-like stylus is much more comfortable than the regular stick-stylus. Text input can be through the external, foldable USB keyboard which is included. The keyboard folds up to a sleek profile, and can be connected directly to the Vaio or through the included port replicator.  An eraser-type pointer and mouse buttons are integrated into the keyboard.  Or, you could write directly onto the screen, via Sony’s handwriting recognition software. There is also a software-based on-screen keyboard but I did have some issues using the bundled software so I downloaded a new beta software by NostramU Board which made the keyboard more of an onscreen thumb keyboard which makes the onscreen keyboard much larger. Either of the last two functions can be launched by pressing the NextText button on the lower-right hand side of the screen. 

The U-71 includes a remote control with headphones. The remote has the standard functions (volume, track), and can operate in the background. (You can change the track without leaving the program you’re working on.)  The unit itself has 1 USB 2.0 port and 1 I/O port for the port replicator, or for the VGA/LAN dongle. The included port replicator allows you to adjust the angle at which the U71 rests; it also has the following ports: 4 x USB 2.0, LAN, firewire (DVD-RW and CD-RW are optional), and VGA out.

Dave’s Ipaq – Sony Vaio U-71 @ Dave’s iPAQ

Bringing the ultra portable computing experience to life.. Something all PocketPC owners want!

Many of you are probably wondering how I got my hands on an ultra portable computer that is only available in Japan? Well a company named Dynamism specializes in importing ultra-cool Japanese portable computers and shipping them to eager enthusiasts around the world. We are also lucky enough to be an affiliate through Mobile Planet to offer these great ultra portable computers to you directly. After reading this review you will know why I want to keep this small pda like computer. The device I received was the Sony U-71 sporting a 1.2 GHz Pentium M processor with 512MB of memory and a 30 gig hard drive, 802.11b/g Wireless LAN, CF Card Slot; Memory and the traditional Sony Memory Stick slot! Users should note the U-71 does not come with any sort of optical drive since they consider them option accessories.

Experience

The U-71 is designed to be operated for the mobile user on the go. The pointing stick is on the right hand side of the screen, and the mouse buttons are on the left. The left mouse click key has a small notch, so your fingers identify immediately.  Of course, you can also use a stylus (not included) or finger on the touch-sensitive screen to navigate–a fantastically fast and efficient method which I used most of the time.  I did notice the fin-like stylus is much more comfortable than the regular stick-stylus. Text input can be through the external, foldable USB keyboard which is included. The keyboard folds up to a sleek profile, and can be connected directly to the Vaio or through the included port replicator.  An eraser-type pointer and mouse buttons are integrated into the keyboard.  Or, you could write directly onto the screen, via Sony’s handwriting recognition software. There is also a software-based on-screen keyboard but I did have some issues using the bundled software so I downloaded a new beta software by NostramU Board which made the keyboard more of an onscreen thumb keyboard which makes the onscreen keyboard much larger. Either of the last two functions can be launched by pressing the NextText button on the lower-right hand side of the screen. 

The U-71 includes a remote control with headphones. The remote has the standard functions (volume, track), and can operate in the background. (You can change the track without leaving the program you’re working on.)  The unit itself has 1 USB 2.0 port and 1 I/O port for the port replicator, or for the VGA/LAN dongle. The included port replicator allows you to adjust the angle at which the U71 rests; it also has the following ports: 4 x USB 2.0, LAN, firewire (DVD-RW and CD-RW are optional), and VGA out.

Dave’s Ipaq – Cartoon Thriller Debuts on Mobile Phones in UK @ Dave’s iPAQ

“The Fantastic Four”, “Batman Begins” and “Sin City” – three of the biggest movie blockbusters of the year so far all had their beginnings in comic books.

But as Hollywood casts its’ net ever wider, where are the new wave of cartoons and graphic novels that will be gripping film lovers next year and beyond?

“Thrill Noir” is an all-new, dark, edgy graphic tale presented in cartoon strip format that’s building a cult following in the UK. But you can’t get this in any bookshop, newsagents or even specialist comic book store.

“Thrill Noir” is the world’s first cult comic serial to be available exclusively via mobile phone. Influenced by classic film-noir and graphic novels, it’s a smart and sexy story that follows ex-cop Jack Jacobi on a quest for revenge. With its’ sharp dialogue, twisting plot, copious violence and occasional sex it has plenty to keep its readers on the trail and wanting more.

Created exclusively for the Gobstopped mobile internet (WAP) site, ‘Thrill Noir’ is the work of Russell Prime (illustrator), a university mathematician living in the States, and Trent Beckett (writer), internet security consultant living in London. Unlike Jack Jacobi, who is motivated by revenge and fuelled by sex and alcohol, Beckett and Prime admit that their love of thrillers, classic mysteries, cartoons, and video games all play a role in their latest collaboration.

All fourteen episodes of the first series are already available to fans via Gobstopped and can be downloaded, simply, anytime, anywhere on WAP enabled phones. ‘Partnering with Gobstopped is a cool way to share our story with a lot of people,’ says Beckett, ‘and the next fourteen episodes are in the works – we don’t want to keep fans waiting!’

Gobstopped Managing Editor, Nick Hirst, adds: ‘Our unique technology enables any individual to submit cartoon strips, fiction and articles for publication on the Mobile Internet with Gobstopped. We edit all submissions and pass them for publication – if they’re good enough. Trent and Russell have created something that is fresh, exciting and original. ‘Thrill Noir’ looks great and reads really well on your mobile phone. ‘Thrill Noir – the movie’ could be next!’

The presence of a host of Hollywood producers and stars at the world’s largest comic convention in San Diego – Comic-Con International (July 14 – 17) – showed just how seriously the filmmakers take both the genre and the audience. Now all they have to do is reach for the phone…

For more information you can go online to www.gobstopped.com OR to view the cartoons via your mobile simply text G 14813 to 83238. To browse the WAP site just text GOB to 83238.