Saturday, September 27, 2008

Agendus Comes to BlackBerry










iambic, earlier today, has introduced Agendus for BlackBerry smartphones. Of their new BlackBerry product, iambic writes:
"Enthusiastically embraced by Palm OS and Windows Mobile users, Agendus has been especially tailored to work seamlessly on BlackBerry devices such as the BlackBerry Bold, KickStart, Perl and Curve. Our solution ties together the most frequently used applications on your phone (Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks) so you get more things done using fewer (and, in most cases, half) the button presses. Efficiency made easy!"












Agendus for BlackBerry 1.0 comes in two pricing models: $19.95 for the BlackBerry only application and $39.95 for the BlackBerry/Windows desktop bundle.

For more details on the new edition of Agendus, including the link for the demo download, visit the iambic website.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

SpriteBackup 6.5 Released






Sprite Software has released SpriteBackup 6.5 for Windows Mobile smartphones, which includes Palm's Windows Mobile Professional smartphone line up.

New in Backup 6.5:
  • Brand New User Interface - Brings you closer to key functions and improves workflows
  • Improved Sprite Explorer - Browse your Backup file and extract data – export Contacts as vCards
  • Powerful Backup PC Manager – Control your backup operations/options from your PC
  • Redeveloped Upgrade Mode – Move key data to a new Windows Mobile device
  • New 1-step Backup - Trigger a manual backup instantly with this feature!
  • Performance Improvements - General speed, stability and performance fixes and revisions.
Upgrade Options:

Sprite Backup 5 Customers can upgrade for $10. If Sprite Backup 6.xx came bundled with your device (OEM Customers), you can also upgrade for $10 also. Sprite Backup 6.xx Retail Customers can upgrade for free. If you purchased any retail Sprite Backup 6.xx series version simply enter your email address on this page to recieve your free download link and code: Code Retrieval Page.

I use SpriteBackup to backup my Palm Treo 750 daily. This is one of those applications that is a must have if you own a Windows Mobile Professional device.

Microsoft Delays Windows Mobile 7




According to a recent Cnet News article, Microsoft has proportionally delayed the next release of Windows Mobile, code named "Windows Mobile 7."
"Microsoft has informed some of its partners that it has had to delay Windows Mobile 7, a much anticipated update to its cell phone operating system.

Although Microsoft has not publicly said when to expect Windows Mobile 7, partners who had expected to have a final release in their hands by early next year have been told now that it won't be ready until the second half of next year, sources told CNET News.

The delay is a significant blow for the software maker, which has been counting on the next version of Windows Mobile to enable devices that better rival Apple's iPhone. Among the features widely expected to be part of the release is advanced gesture recognition, perhaps along the lines of the iPhone, but possibly also using the camera as a means for reading gestures. Microsoft's Tellme unit, which focuses on speech input, has also been working on Windows Mobile 7 features."

Read the full Cnet News article...

Astraware Releases Platypus for BlackBerry


Today, Astraware and Idigicon have released a version of Platypus for BlackBerry smartphones. Earlier this year, Astraware released a version of Platypus for Palm OS and Windows Mobile/PocketPC smartphones and PDAs.

For this latest edition, Astraware has optimized the game controls to support trackball on recent BlackBerry devices, which includes the BlackBerry Pearl, Curve, and the new BlackBerry Bold. Astraware has also announced support for Symbian S60 and UIQ smartphones.

Read the Foleo Fanatics review of Platypus...

"Following a release for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) devices earlier this year, Astraware(R) and Idigicon are excited to announce the release of Platypus
for 3 more smartphone platforms. The squishiest shoot-em-up ever is now available for S60(R), UIQ(R) and BlackBerry(R) smartphones worldwide, including the new BlackBerry Bold!"
Based on the cult classic for PC and Mac, Platypus is a fast, frantic and fun side-scrolling arcade shooter with a difference - the entire game is made from clay!"

For more information, visit http://www.astraware.com/platypus. Club Astraware members can get a substantial discount off all versions of Platypus for a limited time. Simply login here: http://www.astraware.com/club to check out the special price!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

StopWatch

I was just catching up on this week's Weekly Software Wrangle over on WMExperts.com, and came across a cool little bit of freeware for Windows Mobile devices.

StopWatch is a little application that does just what the name implies. As you can see from the screen grab, StopWatch has all the cool stylings that you would expect to find on the lastest fruity devices.

Download link and details on WMExperts.

Sprite Archie - Backup Call Log and SMS Messages

Sprite Software, makers of the popular Windows Mobile backup solution, Sprite Backup, has released a new application, Sprite Archie. Sprite Archie allows you to back up your Windows Mobile phone's call log and SMS messages to Outlook's Inbox.

This is great news for users of devices made by ODMs like HTC. Users of Palm's Windows Mobile smartphones will only be able to backup their call log because of Palm's custom threaded SMS application.

The latest release of Archie allows you to backup messages and the call log to your PC, however, the current version does not allow you to restore that data to a new or replacement phone. Sprite does indicate on their website that they are working on adding that functionality in a future release.

Sprite Archie is available now for $14.95 from the Sprite online store. A downloadable demo is also available. For more information about Sprite Archie, please visit the Sprite Software website.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Nova Chat Video Podcast Show 1

Not wanting a week to go by without a podcast, I have created Nova Chat (thanks Rick!) a new feature here on Foleo Fanatics.

For this inaugural edition of Nova Chat, I cover Palm's Q1FY09 conference call.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

AT&T Treo 680 Reaches EOL



The Boy Genius Report has gotten their hands on what appears to the the latest AT&T wireless road map, which shows the Palm Treo 680 reaching End of Life (EOL). The crimson Treo 680 in November, 2006 on Cingular, which was latter gobbled up by AT&T.

20% off Palm Software Connection Titles

Palm is running a special 20% off discount code on their online software store, Software Connection. Act fast, as this offer is only good until 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2008. While checking out, use the coupon code "PALMSALE2008" to receive your discount.

Pick Up Some Bargain Booty with Astraware's Talk Like a Pirate Day Sale!





Avast me hearties!!! Friday 19th September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the Astraware Team is celebratin' once again! ARRR!

To celebrate with us, get your hands on some fine booty - 6 of the best pirate/nautical/treasure games on very special offer for just 24 hours with more than 50% off each!

Save several dubloons off the price of Tradewinds, Tradewinds 2, Hidden Expedition Titanic, Seven Seas, Bubble Babble, and Golden Skull, but don't delay - at the stroke of midnight the offer ends! Don't be a scurvy landlubber, get yourself along to http://www.astraware.com/promo/tlapd08.

A word from Captain Redbeard Tomlinson: "Yarrr, these games be great for when ye've been marooned and the rum's run out!"

Don't forget - Friday 19th September - Yo Ho Ho!

Third-Party Developers Are Essential

I was recently reminded how important third-party application developers are to the mobile computing user community.

Back on September 7, Pimlico Software, the company behind the popular DateBK application and the indispensable DBFitIt utility released a small, freeware application referred to only as “PalmHotSyncSetup” that allows older Palm OS smartphones and handhelds to sync with Palm Desktop 6.2 by ACCESS for Windows.

When Palm released the ACCESS edition of Palm Desktop 6.2, it only provided support for the recent crop of Palm devices running Palm OS 5.4.9. This includes the Palm z22, E2, TX, Treo 680, 700p, 755p, and the Palm Centro. If your Palm OS device didn’t come with Palm’s enhanced PIM applications (Contacts, Calendar, Memos, and Tasks) it was not officially supported. Testing older devices from my personal collection revealed that some older “legacy” devices could be synchronized with the new edition of Palm Desktop. My testing lead me to give the Tungsten E and Tungsten T3 the Foleo Fanatics seal of approval for Palm Desktop 6.2.

My testing also verified that Palm OS devices, including the Palm Vx, Tungsten T, and the Sony Clie NZ-90 could not be synchronized to Palm Desktop 6.2. These devices could be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook however; an option that will cost customers an additional $110 or more if they don’t already have a copy installed on their PC.

Taking this information into consideration, my final recommendation on the situation was to use Palm Desktop 6.2 on Vista if you had one of the officially or unofficially supported devices. If you had an older device, I recommended that customers just stick with Palm Desktop 4.1 or 4.2.

Pimlico Software to the Rescue

Pimlico Software, a long time player in third-party application development for the Palm OS platform, earlier this month has released a free desktop utility that adds support for older Palm OS devices to Palm Desktop 6.2. By flipping some switches in the complex Windows Registry, a database of sorts where Microsoft keeps lots of settings for your PC, Pimlico turns on synchronization support for the older PIM applications: Address Book, Date Books, Memo Pad, and To-Do List.

This is fantastic news for Palm customers who have gotten amazing longevity out of their Palm handhelds running Palm OS 3.5 and later. With Windows XP no longer available to consumers who purchase a new PC from big box retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City, Pimlico’s software gives these customers a way to continue using their favorite Palm with Windows Vista. (There are issues with Palm Desktop 4.x and 6.x on Vista. Read about your options here and then pick your poison.)

Pimlico’s easy to use solution takes the risk and pain out of turning on, or off, the ability to sync with older devices. The contributions by Pimlico and others, offer customers the much-needed tools, tweaks, and fixes that manufactures are unable or unwilling to provide users with.

This is why I believe that third-party application developers are so critical to any computing environment.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Apples Releases Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.5. Update

When I returned home this evening I found that Apple has rolled out the next maintenance release to Mac OS X Leopard, 10.5.5. The update is available now via the Apple Software Update control panel, which can be found in the Mac OS X System Preferences area. (System Preferences can be quickly accessed from the grey gears icon in the Dock menu along the bottom of the Finder desktop.

According to the Apple knowledge base, the Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.5 update "is recommended for Mac OS X Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4. It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac."

For more details about what the update fixes, please refer to the Apple website.

Normally I don't post notes about desktop operating system updates on Foleo Fanatics. This update, however, I though was worth mentioning here as it does relate to my fellow Palm OS users. In Apple's update documentation in the General section, the following line caught my attention:

"Fixes an issue in which contacts might not sync properly with PalmOS-based devices."

At this time, I am unaware of what issue this update addresses specifically. If you read the Macintosh forum over on the Palm Help Forums, Brighthand, or other sites, the Mac boards are full of Mac and Palm customers who can't get their Palm OS devices to sync with their Macintosh.

Regardless, I'm glad to see that Palm and Apple are still working together to ensure that there is some interoperability between their devices.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Club Astraware September Offers




Alison over at Astraware dropped me a line to let everyone know about this month's Club Astraware special offer on Astraware Solitaire. As many of you know, I rave about Astraware's games. They are just that good.

The Club Astraware Member-only discount offer for September 2008 is Astraware Solitaire for just $9.95, that's a huge saving of $10 off the regular price!

In addition to our regular offers for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) device owners, this discount is also available to Club Astraware members who own Symbian(R) S60(R), and UIQ(R) smartphones.

Astraware Solitaire features 12 of the most well-known and best-loved single player card games, chosen based on direct feedback and suggestions from Astraware customers.

The games included in Astraware Solitaire are Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, Clock, Yukon, Canfield, Four Seasons, Sultan's Harem, Idiot's Delight, Golf, Calculation, and Freecell, and to make the playing experience both familiar and fun, each game has custom gameplay options so everyone can enjoy the games using their favorite variation on the standard rules.

There are 3 double points offers in Club Astraware this month, so members can build up their points even quicker and get bigger discounts on games in the future! The games offering double points this month are Westward, Hidden Expedition: Titanic and Platypus. Simply buy any of these games at full price and get twice the regular number of points! For example: buy a game for $19.95 and you'll get almost $4 worth of points to use against your next purchase!

These offers are only available in Club Astraware until the end of September 2008. To get your hands on them simply join or login to Club Astraware at http://www.astraware.com/club. It's quick to join and completely free too!

If you're not already a member, check out our 7 great reasons to join Club Astraware here: http://www.astraware.com/club/register.php

To read more about Astraware Solitare or to download the free demo, visit the Astraware Solitaire web page.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Welcome Back PalmGear.com!




PalmGear.com, one of the early staples in the Palm ecosystem, returned to service today under new management.

PalmGear.com, was shutdown earlier this year by parent company, Motricity. and customer accounts were migrated to sister site, PocketGear.com. During the process, many freeware and shareware applications disappeared while most commercial Palm OS software was rolled into PocketGear site.

Under new management, lead by a former Motricity executive, PalmGear.com has gone back online in all it's former glory. To help celebrate the return of PalmGear.com to the Palm community, a 20% discount promotion is in effect for all of the software being sold on the site. During check out, use the coupon code "NEWOWNERS". The code will remain in effect until September 14th, 2008.

I'm glad to see PalmGear.com return. I do hope that the PalmGear brand can be rebuilt by the new owners. I'm even more excited that I don't have to deal with the old PocketGear.com site that I griped about in my 1SRC Editorial, "Adios, Motricity." And while I have yet to receive a "welcome back" email that I suggested in the editorial, I have confirmed that my old PalmGear.com account is still in effect providing me access to all of the great Palm OS software and license codes that I had previously purcased.

Welcome back, PalmGear! We've missed you.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Rumor: Rose and Green Centros Coming To Sprint

The SprintUsers Sprint customer's community website is reporting that Palm and Sprint will be rolling out two new colored Centro smartphones on October 19, 2008.

The leaked Sprint Quick Reference Brief states that a rose and green colored Centro will go on sale in October. No device specs or pricing are listed in the brief, but at this point, we have to assume that the new Centro units will be exactly like the other CDMA Sprint units with new shells.

Checkout SprintUsers.com for more details and discussion...

The Continuing Search for Mobile Nirvana


For this week's 1SRC Editorial, I continue my search for mobile computing bliss for a smartphone/keyboard solution that will afford me a more flexible solution while I wait for Palm to release a Foleo.

From this week's editorial:

I love the idea of having information at my fingertips. Whether it is my PIM information, the mobile web, or my documents. In the last few years, I've only been able to achieve half of my mobile Nirvana. Once again I am going to try for mobile bliss.

The Story So Far

Back in the 1990's I had the dynamic duo of PDAs: a Palm handheld and a folding hardware connected full sized keyboard. It was a winning combination that kept me productive on the go. Type in web addresses was a snap, composing email messages was a breeze, and taking notes in meetings couldn't be easier. That last point also ensured I was able to read my notes after the meeting.

When I made the jump to a Treo, things started to fall apart. Wireless keyboards, connecting over Infrared or Bluetooth were plagued with connection and compatibility problems. In the end, I became frustrated with the whole solution of wireless keyboards and I gave up on the idea and went back to using pen and paper. Not exactly the technological wonder I was looking for.

Mobile Bliss Take 3

"They" say that the third time is a charm. I'm hoping that the saying rings true.

I have a small collection of wireless keyboards in the bottom drawer of my desk. The latest addition to my collection is the iGo/ThinkOutsde Bluetooth Sierra wireless keyboard. I originally purchased it to pair up with my Treo 700p. Any one who has used a Treo 700p in the past knows that the Bluetooth stack had, to put it politely, issues.

Years later, I have come to own a Palm Treo 750 powered by Windows Mobile Professional 6.0. While doing some "fall cleaning" in m home office, I came across my Sierra keyboard. Could this Windows Mobile device and this Bluetooth keyboard offer the solution that I have been longing for?

Read the full editorial over at 1SRC.com...

I’ll provide you with an update to see how I’m doing with my Treo 750 and iGo/ThinkOutside Bluetooth Sierra wireless keyboard during this week’s 1SRC podcast, show 197, and 1SRC Chat on 9/6/08.