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News:  Judge Rules All Handhelds May Violate Patent   

A federal judge has ruled in favor of E-Pass Technologies that its patent covers more than just credit card-sized handhelds. This has opened the door for E-Pass to renew its lawsuit against Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Palm. The patent is for a "multifunction, credit card-sized computer that allows users to securely store a multitude of account numbers, PIN codes, access information and other data from multiple credit cards, check cards, identification cards and similar personal documents."


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 Sponsored Item: GoToMyPC 4.0 featuring PocketView™    

Stay Connected. Easily. Securely. And Now Wirelessly.

GoToMyPC 4.0 featuring PocketView™ is a secure Web-based service that enables you to access your PC from anywhere in real time. Dubbed revolutionary by PC Magazine, GoToMyPC allows you to remotely connect to your PC desktop to access files, programs and network resources just as if you were sitting in front of your computer. GoToMyPC can extend remote access more quickly, inexpensively and securely than was previously possible with conventional remote-access solutions.

Using Expertcity's patented screen-sharing technology, servers connect the computers and automatically launch a Viewer window that allows users to see and use their desktops in real time. The PocketView™ feature of GoToMyPC is the first fully functioning remote-access solution for wireless devices, creating the "ultimate productivity tool" for mobile professionals. Current Pocket PC users only have access to email, calendars and "Webified" versions of certain applications.

If you desire a remote-access solution that enables you to conveniently access email, files, programs and network resources from home or the road, click here to try GoToMyPC Free.

Tip #186: Fix for Downloading Free Microsoft eBooks    

Some users have reported that they can not locate their free eBooks after downloading them to their computer from the Microsoft Reader Web site. Microsoft has suggested the following fix for this problem.

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Folder Options.
  3. Click the File Types tab.
  4. Scroll down to and click the .lit extension.
  5. Click Advanced.
  6. Verify that Confirm Open After Download is selected.

If you are having any other type of problem in downloading the eBooks, consult the Help page on the Microsoft Reader Web site.

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    Review:  Macromedia Flash Player 6 for the Pocket PC  

Macromedia has finally released the much anticipated Flash Player 6 for the Pocket PC. This release trails the release of the PC version of Flash 6 by almost a full year, and many users and developers have been eagerly awaiting it. For those of you who may not be familiar with Flash, it is Macromedia's player for delivering rich streaming content over low-bandwidth connections. The fact that Flash is designed to deliver a rich media environment while minimizing file size makes it a very useful development tool for the Pocket PC, and one that in my opinion is often underrated.
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Diane Dumas' Hot Download:  Swapper      

Here's a free game that will keep you entertained for hours! It runs on most Handheld PC, Pocket PC, and Windows Mobile platforms. Just swap any two adjacent gems and create a valid set of three or more identical gems with each move. The game may seem simple, but it requires attention to reach a high score.


Price: Free

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Use With: Handheld PC, Pocket PC, Pocket PC 2002, and Windows Mobile 2003

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Jim Karpen's Hot Web Site of the Week:  Boston Pocket PC  

This Web site is home of the Boston/New England Pocket PC User and Developer Groups. It also has news, articles, reviews, a forum, and a mobile-friendly version. 

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