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Microsoft, Palm and MobileDataforce Launch Campaign Targeting the Field Services Industry with Mobile Handheld Solutions

Campaign is Designed to Educate Field Services Companies on How to Mobilize Work Orders and Other Mobile Business Processes

MobileDataforce® a leading provider of business critical mobile software applications for the Field Services’ markets today announced a new campaign to educate companies on how to design, develop, deploy and support mobile field services applications using popular handheld PDA phones like the Palm Treo 750 using Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS.

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IT Products Distributor First to Offer OQO Ultra-Mobile PCs to U.S. Resellers

Tech Data Corporation today announced it is the first IT products distributor in the U.S. to offer resellers ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) from OQO.  The manufacturer has developed one of the world’s smallest, fully functional Windows Vista™ PCs and first UMPC with embedded 3G mobile broadband capabilities in a pocket-size device weighing 1 pound.  It is now available to the channel through Tech Data’s Client Computing business unit.

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Movial Selected by ARM to Create a Free Open Source Platform For Next-Gen Mobile Applications

Movial Launches Internet Experience Suite for Linux Device Manufacturers

Movial, the company that inspires rich, intuitive Internet experiences, today announced it has been selected by ARM (LSE: ARM; Nasdaq: ARMHY) to create a Linux platform to help mobile device companies very quickly and easily create next-generation mobile applications.  Movial and ARM will offer the Linux software platform free to device manufacturers around the world, and will unveil the platform at the ARM Developers’ Conference this week.  Movial also announced it is launching Movial IXS (Internet Experience Suite), an application suite for custom-branded user interfaces for Linux-based connected devices.


LXE’s Mobile Computing Information Depot

LXE has posted some interesting White Papers on Mobile Computing, primarily dealing with the warehouse environment. (www.lxe.com/us).  Particularly interesting is the one entitled "Turbo Charge Your Inventory Moves with Wearable Computers: 13 Key Considerations for Evaluating Wearables."

And, in other news regarding LXE, they just announced the HX3 Dedicted Voice Computer for speech-based warehouse applications.  Voxware also announced support for the HX3.

LXE Announces the HX3 Dedicated Voice Computer for Speech-Based Warehouse Applications

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Applications for Mobile/Portable Devices Found at TI Apps Homepage

A page full of "End-Equipment Solutions" using Texas Instruments DSP chips can be found here.

These applications cover audio, automotive, broadband, communications & telecom, computers & peripherals, consumer electronics, industrial, medical, military, security, video & imaging, and wireless.  Often these links (and there are 99 of them) lead to more in-depth app notes, white papers, block diagrams, etc., that can be even more useful than the original link.

Definately, a "must bookmark".

August 16, 2007

Mobile Linux Stakes Its Claim At LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

Leading mobile phone and embedded systems players converge on LinuxWorld to further its adoption

IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events around the globe has announced a series of conference programming and sponsored Developer Days dedicated to Mobile Linux at this year's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®.  Leading mobile phone and embedded systems players including ACCESS, Motorola and Palm are showing their commitment to further the adoption of mobile Linux with strong presences at LinuxWorld®.  LinuxWorld, the largest and most comprehensive event that focuses exclusively Linux and open source, is scheduled to take place August 6-9, 2007 at the Moscone Center.

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Smith Micro Announces the Availability of StuffIt® Wireless Windows Mobile Edition

StuffIt Wireless Compression Technology Saves Windows Mobile Device Users Money by Increasing Sharing and Storage Capacity

Smith Micro Software, Inc., a leading developer and marketer of innovative software solutions and services for the wireless market, today announced the availability of its new StuffIt® Wireless Windows Mobile Edition, an essential compression utility for all Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0 powered Smart Phones and PDA’s.

StuffIt wireless compression technology not only allows the device to run more efficiently, but also lets users save money by significantly increasing the storage capacity of both their device and storage cards.  In addition to providing full support for the Zip file format, StuffIt Wireless for Windows Mobile includes the StuffIt X file format which allows users to compress files more efficiently, and also allows the compression of file types, such as JPEG images, that Zip is unable to compress.  StuffIt Wireless Windows Mobile Edition includes our patent-pending JPEG compression technology which compresses files by up to 30% without compromising image quality.

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Empower Technologies™ Entering Automotive and Transportation Industries

Empower Technologies is pleased to announce the signing of a software development license agreement and a strategic partnership agreement with Navigon Inc. (NAVIGON).  This new partnership will advance and integrate infotainment, driving safety, and navigation technologies in the automotive and transportation industries.

With the software development license agreement, NAVIGON will port its automotive grade navigation and map application development toolkit, AMF and SNAP for AMF (the ‘Map Engine’), to Empower’s LEOs embedded operating system automotive edition development platform.  As a result, Empower’s LEOs automotive edition development kit will be able to offer the best-in-class navigation and mapping functionality in the embedded computing industry.


Logicube® Debuts New CellDEK® TEK Mobile Phone and PDA Data Capturing Solution

Logicube® Inc., the industry’s leader in digital forensic technologies, will debut its newest eforensics solution at the TechnoSecurity 2007 Conference and Expo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this week.

Developed in cooperation with Forensic Science Service Ltd. (FSS®) the CellDEK® TEK is the second solution to be launched by the partnership.  The first, the highly successful CellDEK®, was announced in 2005 and has been adopted by government and law enforcement agencies around the world.

CellDEK TEK was designed for the technically proficient forensic investigator in both public and private sectors who requires a comprehensive, compact and affordable data extraction solution.

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Changes at Applied Data Systems

Applied Data Systems has been busy with announcements since being purchased by Eurotech this last December.  They have purchase a chinese R&D company; brought on a new VP Marketing; and it seems they have taken over principle marketing of the Zypad wrist-wearable computer from Parvus which is also Eurotech owned.

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May 28, 2007

BSQUARE SDIO Hx Product Now Supports High-Capacity Memory Cards to 32 GB for Windows Mobile® Devices

BSQUARE today announced the availability of SDIO Hx version 1.1, the newest release of its ultra high-performance software stack for Windows Mobile and Windows® CE devices.  Version 1.1 features support for next-generation high-capacity memory cards.  SDIO Hx version 1.1 is the only software stack with both Windows Mobile and Windows CE support for the new Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) standard defining high-performance memory cards from above 2 GB to 32 GB.

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RMI Alchemy Au1200 Processor Chosen for XENT X3 Multifunction Portable Media Player from HyOn - A World Leader in DMB and GPS

With an SoC, an OS - in this case, WinCE 5.0 - and likely lots of memory, why couldn’t this also be considered a full featured UMPC? -ed.

Raza Microelectronics, Inc.’s Highly Integrated Power-Optimized SoC Media Processor Utilized by Leading Consumer Electronics Manufacturer

Raza Microelectronics®, Inc. (RMI), a leading supplier of processors for communications and consumer applications, announced today that HyOn Corporation, a world leader in the design and the manufacture of high quality telecommunication equipment, and consumer electronics, has selected the RMI Alchemy™ Au1200 Processor for its XENT X3 multi-function Portable Media Player.

The HyOn XENT X3 is based on the Windows CE 5.0 operating system and has a 7.0" LCD display with 800x480 resolution.  The XENT X3 multimedia player supports all standard video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD and WMV9), and includes a T-DMB receiver as well as GPS Navigation.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with RMI on our XENT X3 products and believe that the selection of the Alchemy Au1200 Processor from RMI will help us sustain leadership in the growing Multifunction Portable Media Player Market," said Keith Kim, director of business development, HyOn.  "The strong eco-system that RMI has developed combined with the lowest power and most integrated media processor in the consumer space gives us a distinct advantage moving forward."

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Hertzler Systems GainSeeker Suite expands support for PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) devices

Hertzler Systems today announced the latest release the GainSeeker® Suite, the company’s flagship software for Statistical Process Control.  The new version provides expanded support for Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Devices.

Hertzler Systems Inc., a leading provider of real-time data acquisition and analytics software, has just released GainSeeker Suite version 7.601.  The new version expands support of Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) devices.

Byron Shetler, Hertzler’s Chief Technology Officer, described the move: "Last year we began supporting PDA devices using Citrix and Terminal Services.  Terminal Services allows users to update their GainSeeker database live using wireless technology.  That live connection, which also means they can see real-time control charts on their PDA, is a huge benefit.  But the downside is that you must have wireless technology and experience with Terminal Services or Citrix.  We had some customers that were willing to give up the live connection to the database in exchange for the portability of the PDA."

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Nuance Speech Solution Pre-Loaded on Palm Treo 755p Enables Mobile Users to Dial, Dictate and Search by Voice

Adoption and Usage Rates for Treo 755p with Nuance Voice Control Soar Above Industry Average for Pre-Loaded Mobile Applications

Nuance Communications, Inc. today released initial usage statistics of the Nuance® Voice Control™ speech application pre-loaded on the new Palm® Treo™ 755p smartphone.  Preliminary findings have already surpassed expectations with usage levels averaging 48 transactions per user, per month.  The results are indicative of both the simplified mobile experience and productivity enhancements that Nuance Voice Control provides mobile consumers when using today’s more advanced mobile devices such as the Treo 755p.


Samsung Expands its Q1 Ultra Family with the Availability of Three New Ultra Mobile PCs

New Solid State and XP-Based UMPCs Are Now Shipping and Available

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced three new additions to its Q1 Ultra family of Ultra Mobile PCs, the Q1U-SSDXP, the Q1U-ELXP and the Q1U-XP.  The new Q1U-SSDXP is the first Q1 Ultra to incorporate a solid state Flash NAND hard drive instead of a traditional rotational disk drive.  All three of the new models are based on the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system.  The new models, which are now shipping, continue to advance Samsung’s commitment to the emerging and fast growing UMPC product category.

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Wolverine Data Ships 250GB Portable Multimedia Player

Add WiFi, PIM functions, (perhaps a Linux OS), a soft keyboard and USB for normal keyboard and peripherals and this becomes a Must Have handheld.  Also, a decent platform for various OEM requirements...

Wolverine Data Inc. today announced it is shipping the Wolverine ESP portable multimedia player with a storage capacity of 250GB and the ability to deliver complete digital multimedia convergence while delivering the lowest cost per gigabyte in the industry at an estimated street price under $650.00.

The Wolverine ESP Model 5250 features a razor-sharp 3.6-inch TFT LCD display and the ability to store and view 125,000 digital photos, play 500 hours of video or 80,000 songs, plus the capability to record television programs and FM radio--all in a 5.3"x2.8"x0.9" footprint that weighs 10.2 ounces.  It is ideal for professional and serious amateur photographers as well as for consumers who want the most extensive array of multimedia/multifunction capabilities in the palm of their hand.


BSQUARE Ships New Windows CE-Based Hardware Development Platforms for Marvell® PXA3xx Application Processors

Extensive On-Board Peripherals Plus Expansion Capabilities Provide Maximum Design Flexibility

BSQUARE (Nasdaq: BSQR) today announced that it is now shipping new development platforms for the Marvell® PXA3xx (code named Monahans) family of application processors based on third-generation XScale technology: DevKit PXA300 and DevKit PXA320.  A third platform, DevKit PXA310, is expected to ship shortly.

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Avnet Electronics Marketing Helps Bring Rugged Ultra Mobile PC to Market

In 2005 Justin Dyster and Shane Lewis saw a need for a rugged handheld computer that was a little more advanced than anything else currently available on the market.  The two engineers left the major defense and aerospace systems contractor they worked for, moved from Tucson to Chandler, Arizona, and began their quest to design and build the world’s first rugged ultra mobile PC.  They turned to Avnet Electronics Marketing for help getting off the ground.  Now their company, Black Diamond Advanced Technology, is set to bring the SwitchBack Ultra Mobile PC to market.


Intermec Introduces the First Rugged Handheld Computer with Integrated EX25 Near-Far Imaging Technology

With the CK31ex Mobile Computer, Warehouse Workers Need Only One Device for All Data Collection Applications, Including Scanning 1D, 2D, Composite and Postal Codes, and Image Capture

Intermec introduces the CK31ex, the first handheld computer with integrated near-far area imaging technology that can read virtually any symbology from six inches to 50 feet.  The CK31ex enables warehouse workers to consolidate their computing, data capture and documentation needs in a single device, improving productivity and reducing costs.  Its extended range means that companies can apply the benefits of area imaging across their total warehouse operations, existing and future, opening up new application opportunities and efficiencies.

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Zippi™ Networks Unveils All-In-One, Enterprise-Level Handheld Specifically for Anywhere/Anytime Online Profits

Handheld Packs Integrated Wireless Communications, Camera, Barcode Scanner, Internet Access, Signature Application, E-Mail, GPS & eBay Auction Upload Feature

Zippi™ Networks, Inc., the innovative force empowering a new generation of online sellers, today announced the Zippi Handheld, a 6.5 oz. palmtop device packed with features and applications that give online sellers the advantage of conducting the entire auction process from anywhere at anytime.  The Zippi Handheld is a crucial component of Zippi’s unprecedented business process announced today that promises to bring new life to the online seller market which is currently experiencing a staggering decline.

The online sales industry’s first enterprise palmtop computing and sales device, the Zippi Handheld centralizes information, photos, communications and even bar-code input that connects with the company’s inventory management application.  With the Handheld, Zippi Affiliates can achieve freedom, mobility, and the ease of picturing, pricing, and posting an auction from the palm of their hand.  The latest smart phone and remote email capabilities allow Affiliates to receive and service leads from anywhere.  A two-megapixel digital camera and wireless Internet connection make it simple to get items up for online auction as quickly as possible.  An application that permits the digital exchange of signatures further eases sale completion and shortens sale-to-cash cycle time.

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Intermec’s New CN3 Mobile Computer Certified for AT&T's Wireless Voice and Data Networks; Bundles with Cheetah for Mobile Delivery Routing, Dispatch and Tracking System

Intermec, Inc. announced that its CN3 mobile computer -- the smallest rugged mobile computer in the world -- has been approved for voice and data transmission on AT&T’s nationwide wireless data network.  Bundled with software from Intermec Honours Partner Cheetah Software Systems, the CN3 provides AT&T’s wireless business customers with a rugged mobile delivery tracking solution that delivers accurate optimized route planning, intelligent dispatch, real-time tracking of pick up and delivery information, signature capture, GPS location and navigational capabilities along with driver voice and data communications.


Kopin to Showcase Customers’ Products Powered by Digital iVision Technology at SID 2007

Company to Highlight 3D Cinema on the Go

Shows promise for next generation of handheld/mobile devices with 3D imaging for entertainment devices as well as situational awareness

Kopin® Corporation will showcase a sampling of its customers’ eyewear products at the SID (Society for Information Display) 2007 Exhibition, which runs from today through Thursday at the Long Beach Convention Center in California.  In particular, the exhibition will highlight 3D video eyewear products powered by Kopin’s Digital iVision™ technology.  Digital iVision technology provides large cinema-like pictures in a compact package by enlarging high-resolution images displayed in a tiny microdisplay with optical elements.

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Another Samsung UMPC debut:
this time it is Q1 Ultra

SAMSUNG Unveils the Q1 Ultra, the Next Stage in the Evolution of Ultra Mobile Personal Computing

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the company’ next-generation UMPC family, the Q1 Ultra, at the Samsung Experience in New York.  The Q1 Ultra advances Samsung’s line of ultra-mobile computing devices, answering the growing demand for companion PCs that offer the power of a desktop or notebook computer but can be accessed anytime and anywhere.


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