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Is TOR Giving Away Free eBooks?

One of my favourite publishers Tor/Forge has just made a fabulous announcement - FREE EBOOKS

Something new is coming. Register to be one of the first to join us, and receive free digital books from bestselling and award-winning SF and fantasy authors. This is just the beginning.

Once you register, you'll receive our newsletter and a link to download a digital book. And you'll receive a link to another new book every week.

The first week's free book is Mistborn, by rising fantasy star Brandon Sanderson.


My Favourite Applications

Since I mostly use my device for entertainment purposes, my favourite
3rd-party Pocket PC / Windows Mobile applications are as follows (in
alphabetical order):

eReader (formerly Palm Reader)



Oh, and the 11 backgammon games I have loaded. When I have a bit more time, I plan to post about all the software I have loaded.


Where Can I Get a Bluetooth Keyboard for CHEAP?

The iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth® Keyboard usually sells for U$149.99, but right now, you can get it from Amazon.com for the low, Low, LOW price of U$29.99. And it's eligible for free shipping too (depending on where you live probably, so check carefully)! So hurry on over (PDF).


Is HTC Having a Video Contest with Fabulous Prizes?

The answer is yes!

You have to make a one minute video, no bigger than 50 MB, with an aspect ratio of 4:3. Check out my friend Doug's VidOpp.com site for full details, but here are a list of the prizes:

1st prize: TyTN II HTC Smartphone
2nd prize: Touch HTC Smartphone
3rd prize: Touch HTC Smartphone


PDA Fiction Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Today, specialty ebook site PDA Fiction celebrates its 10th anniversary. Originally, the books were only available in eReader (formerly Palm Reader), but in recent years, Microsoft Reader and MobiReader were added into the mix. If you like original stories featuring strong female characters, or fan fiction (mostly Xena, with some Star Trek Voyager and Law & Order thrown in), head on over. Note that it is a 'subtext friendly' site.


Are You Impressed with the Amazon Kindle?

I love reading, and whenever I get a new windows mobile device, one of the first things I install is my ebook reading software.

I use Microsoft Reader, Mobireader and eReader on a regular basis. Of the three, I probably use Mobireader the most for casual reading, and when I have to make ebooks for myself, I tend to make them in MS Reader format, or more often Mobireader when I know that I'll be using them on multiple platforms. For pre-make large reference type of files, I tend to use TomeRaider, and for PDF files, I use Foxit Reader, and for things in .chm format, it's CHM Reader.


How Do I Sync My Mac with My Windows Mobile Device?

Eltima Software has just released SyncMate 1.0 (beta), a freeware solution which will allow you to sync your Mac with a Windows Mobile device. It works with Tiger or Leopard.

SyncMate by Eltima Software is an easy-to-use handy synchronizer that will help you keep all your private notes, docs, contacts and other files organized. Form a quick connection between your Mac and your Pocket PC. SyncMate allows you to make synchronization via USB cable with such applications as Bookmarks, Address Book, Stickies, iCal, iTunes, iPhoto and others.


Is That a T-Mobile Shadow I See You With? (U$149.99)


Engadget has a post about the new Shadow, a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device, which will be available from T-Mobile on October 31st for the low cost of U$149.99 with a two-year contract. The Shadow "features a rotating jog dial front and center, 2 megapixel camera, and WiFi".


Is It True that I-MATE Has Announced More Devices?

i-mate is at it again, announcing great sounding devices, making people - mostly grown men - drool on their keyboards and squeal like little girls, but not actually having them available.

Here is the Ultimate 9502 which is now my new favourite device because I am loving the screen-sliding and device-rotating to access to the keyboard


How Can One Configure Gmail's IMAP on a Windows Mobile 6 device?

Gmail is giving its users free IMAP access to their inboxes and here's how to set it up:

1. Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings (details).
2. Open the Start menu and select 'Programs' > 'Messaging' > 'New E-mail Account.'
3. Enter your Gmail username (including ' [at] gmail [dot] com') in the E-mail Address field.
4. Uncheck the box to get settings automatically from the Internet and select 'Next.'
5. Select 'Internet e-mail' as your email provider in the drop-down menu.


Has AOL Updated Its Mobile Services?

Download Squad is reporting that AOL is updating its mobible services (detailed press release). According to Download Squad, that means: "That means a new customizable MyAOL service for phones, and a new version of AOL.com that's optimized for viewing on WAP-enabled handsets."


AOL is also launching a downloadable Windows Mobile client called MyMobile.


Does MapQuest Have a Mobile Version of Its Site?

Download Squad is reporting that MapQuest Mobile is getting an overhaul.

There are three major updates:

1. Gas prices: You can now use MapQuest to find the cheapest gas stations near a given location from your cellphone.


Is There a New Version of Opera Mobile Browser Available?

Opera 8.65 for Windows Mobile is now available at a cost of U$24.

With Opera on your mobile, you can surf the same Web sites as you do on your personal computer. The Opera 8.65 mobile Web browser for Windows Mobile is designed with speed and ease-of-use in mind.

The version is available for Microsoft Smartphones and PocketPC's. It runs on WM2003, WM 5 and WM 6.

Notice: A bug causing problems on non-English devices (Opera 8.65 WM) has been discovered.


Want tabbed browsing for PIE? Check out Web Viewer for WM5.

Our very own Jack Cook has recently posted a notice about Web Viewer for WM5 over at Experience Mobility. This handy free utility allows one to add tabbed browsing to Pocket IE.


Is That a Office Mobile Update I See on Your WM6 device?

Over at msmobiles.com, Edward J. Rutkowski is reporting that Microsoft has launched an updated version of Office Mobile for Windows Mobile 6 phones and PDAs, and that the update includes added support for Office 2007 documents.


WiFi Broadband Flies Again

InternetNews.com's Catherine Pickavet is reporting that Richard Branson's new airline, Virgin America and wireless data and voice communications provider AirCell will be returning WiFi aka 'in flight broadband' to the skies in 2008.

This is good news for domestic USA travellers who will recall that Boeing's Connexion service which did not catch on du


Is There a New Version of Pocket QuickView (PQV)?

Larry from BitBank Software has recently released PQV (Pocket QuickView) 4.0, a very fast and popular image viewer and editor for windows mobile devices. Fully compatible with WM2003+, the program's image capture formats include BMP, GIF, PCX, or JPEG. The slideshow incorporates various transition effects and complete control.


What is Textr?

Myke from Mykesoft recently wrote to let me know about his new software, Textr, a handy program for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices which organizes SMS Text Messages into easy to read conversations.

Some features include:

* Conversation based text messaging organized by who sent you the text message
* Store and archive text message conversions on a storage card
* Export conversations as html
* New message pop-up notification
* Phot


Looking for a Weights and Measures Quick Study Guide?

Mobile Refererence, which has consistently provided some of the best travel guides, phrasebooks, and quick-study guides is offering the full version of their Weights and Measures Quick Study Guide for free. It's available for desktops, pocket pcs, smartphones, and other devices. You'll need MobiPocket Reader, which you can download from here for free.


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