Dear Readers, I’m an administrator from the German version of Tamspalm (tamspalm-de.tamoggemon.com), but today I want to write an english article for you.

iTunes-Synchronisationstool

We have already talked about the new online features of PocketTunes 5. Now I wish to give an overview of the new functions, which you can also use in offline mode.

Probably the most interresting new feature is the synchronization with iTunes. Now, you can’t only sync with the Windows Media Player, but also with Apple’s iTunes.

I have got some problemes with the tool during my test period: After a time consuming installation process, the sync between iTunes and PocketTunes on PalmOS needs many hours as well. Approximately 5-10 seconds per song.
It takes a lot of time to sync large music libraries above 1 GB.

Podcast-Menü in pTunes 5.0

PocketTunes 5 also offers new Podcast-features. So, you can add new Podcasts from a list, chosen by Normsoft, the producer of PocketTunes. It’s also possible to add Podcasts manually.
I guess, the most useful feature is the possibility of automatically deleting Podcasts already listened to.

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Further innovations :

  • PocketTunes remembers the last position of songs
  • Now PocketTunes support PNG-files as albumcovers
  • A warning is shown if the muteswith is on

Version 5.0 is also available for Windows Mobile and iPhone/iPod.
Trialversions are available here.
4.x-version Owners are able to purchase it at a lower price. More information here.

According to Mark Belliveau, the vice-president of Normsoft, a German version has not been available yet might be issued in future.

The new version of PocketTunes brings various new things – TamsPalm will take a look at it.
One of the new features is the possibility to use the services of last.fm with pTunes.
(What is last.fm? last.fm is a online radio and music community – more information has Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last.fm)

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The configuration is easy: via “Tools” =>”last.fm” the settings dialog opens:

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Here one has to enter username + password and enable “Enable Scrobbling” – now last.fm support is activated. But be careful: enabling the last.fm funtion requires a network connection so that pTunes can submit the played songs immediately – submitting later won’t work.
An other new feature is the support of WMA streams. I’ve tested the new function with the local radiostation of Dortmund: Radio 91.2: it worked really great:

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After entering the URL (picture) pTunes connected, buffered and started playing:

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A difference to MP3 streaming is not noticable – you won’t notice if you’re listening a MP3 or WMA stream.

Additional new features will follow in the next part of the review – stay tuned!

Use the discount code CHEAPGATEWAY to get 20% off Softick Audio Gateway in the TamsShop!

For ages, Palm devices have been plagued by breaking headphone jacks. As I always had issues with headphone cords, Jaybird’s AD2P device seemed like a perfect fit. Unfortunately, Palm OS devices do not support AD2P – can Softick Audio Gateway even up the odds?

The program’s main screen is clear and simple. The toggle at the bottom let’s you choose where the audio goes to. Click one of the icons to launch the corresponding media app. The list at the top allows you to pick your headset:
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A variety of quality options are available to “adjust” the tradeoff between sound quality and CPU load. The settings shown below work flawlessly on my Treo 680 – no noticeable speed losses here:
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Softick integrated an extra option for silencing the program while a call comes in. Extra points should be awarded to the genius who decided that the ringer should always be played via the speaker…no more missed calls here:
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Generally, I am very satisfied with the performance of the product. Audio quality is excellent, and there is no more stuttering or hissing than on a wired headset. My final torture test involved connecting to a headset and a bluetooth keyboard: occasional audio pauses became audible while typing fast.

This review looked at version 1.21.2120 on a Palm Treo 680. The program needs 468KB of memory and can NOT be run from an external memory card.

In the end, Softick’s Audio Gateway fulfills its promise – my Jaybird JB200 headset works flawlessly with my Treo. Seeing that there is no other way to use an AD2P device with a Treo, the product is a must-have. The well-thought-out extra features make the purchase price of 20$ a bargain…

Everyone knows time-lapse recordings of stuff like sunset, birth, flower blossom opening and plant growth/decay. RNS::’s Rapid Movie plans to bring this capability to your Treo…can it stack up?

Rapid Movie’s GUI is very simple. You get a preview of the camera image where the black rectangle is in the image(due to LCDOverlay). The toggle at the bottom left let’s you set up the recording frequency.
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Once running, the program displays each captured frame on-screen:
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Rapid Movie can create single shots, Quicktime MOV’s and ‘bunches of jpg’ files:
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A variety of prefs settings exist to customize the program to ideally match your needs. For example, the program can stop recording automatically after a preset time or when card space runs low:
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Last but not least, here are is a sample of what the program does:
MOV file of a subway train closing in(Treo 680)

This review looked at version 1.0 of Rapid Movie on a Treo 680. The program needs 120k of RAM or memory card space for itself. It also needs a memory card for the files – I recommend a decently fast card with at least 50MB free….

Overall, Rapid Movie delivers what it promised…time-lapse recordings for Treo. If the resolution/quality of your Treo’s camera is good enough for your needs, the 15$ can be a great investment…especially if you use thje discount code CHEAPERMOVIE to get 20% off at the TamsShop(valid forever, btw)!

Palm’s OS5 Treos have had digital cameras for ages – but Palm didn’t manage to include a self timer into the camera software so far. RNS:: has stepped up to fix this omission – is their ‘patch’ operation successful?

TreoCameraTimer positions itself as a Prefs panel like most other RNS:: applications. The prefs panel allows you to enable or disable the program, it also allows you to choose the delay time:
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Once RNS::TCT has been enabled, a small timer icon pops up in the bottom of the camera application. Clicking it makes the timer ‘tick’ – the red ring begins to flash to indicate activity. Once the time has expired, a photograph is produced:
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This review looked at version 1.0 of the product on a Palm Treo 680 – the manufacturer claims compatibility with all OS5 Treos except for the Treo 600. RNS::TCT requires 11k of RAM, the product worked well in the testing period.

Overall, RNS’s patch operation was successful – the Treo now has a self-timer option. The program costs 10$ at the TamsPalm shop – if you want a self timer, get this by all means!
Use the code TIMERFORME at checkout in the TamsPalm store to get 20% off the program!

The last versions of Pocket Tunes were mainly designed for using them as MP3 player for static files from an external media. Ok, they were able to stream but now it is much better implemented.

The new version adds a lot of streaming features: It gives you easy access to a wide variety of internet radio stations directly from your palm or you can use your own playlists. You can access the list of available stations via the menu.
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When you launch it the first time Pocket Tunes will establish an internet connection and download the whole database to your device, the size is about 35 kb. Next it will present you the list � divided into several categories like Country, Comedy etc.
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Clicking on one of the entries opens a list with the available radio stations. In this window you can redefine the stations order, you can select them for playing and you can send the entries via Bluetooth etc to other devices.
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But what when some radio stations change their stream URLs? Then you can edit the entry or you can try to update the list. This can be done from the menu.
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Once you have selected your station and you pressed �Play� Pocket Tunes returns to the main screen in which it displays the whole stations which are listed in the category from which you have chosen your station. It also shows you the actually played song.
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Adding your own stations to the list is very easy. Simply choose the category in which it should appear (perhaps you want to create your own category, that�s possible, too). Then simply choose �Add� from the menu and you can enter a name and the URL to the stream.
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But if you are having a playlist and you do not want do type the URL manually you can simply copy the *.pls file to your SD card. Then go to the menu from which you can select your audio files from card. When you tap on �All� Pocket Tunes starts to search your device for supported files. Now you can access your copied playlists via �Playlists�, there they should appear.
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Perhaps you have noticed the point �Internet Radio�. Selecting this item takes you to an other view of the internet radio stations category overview. From here you can select your stations, too.
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Pocket Tunes is able to handle Mp3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC streams. I have tried PTunes4 with a Palm TX and a blue2net Bluetooth Access Point. In further versions I sometimes had dropouts when listening to web radio then Pocket Tunes had do buffer again. Now this has completely changed. Re-buffering nearly didn’t come up during my test. So it got much more enjoyable.
Using Pocket Tunes in combination with a mobile phone for streaming requires a data flatrate because traffic can get very high.

During the develpoment of TCPMP the author published several codecs/plugins but not all of them were available at the same time in a collection. I tried to get every available plugin and at least I hope I got it. Now, here it is. I hope I could help the ones who tried to play a file but couldn’t because of missing codecs.
If you have a codec which is not included you can post it and email it to us.
Get the pack here.


Edit: we had to remove the AAC plugin because of licence reasons.
Anyways, you can get the plugin here.

PocketTunes 3.1 was recently reviewed by TamsPalm. We covered the changes in version 4 here. This review looks at the changes in local playback, Jonas Sell will publish a detailled piece on the wireless capabilities soon…so lets get to action.

The earlier versions of PocketTunes had a user interface that had small controls that were difficult to tap. The latest version ships with an all-new skin that has much bigger elements and looks good even on my Treo 600:
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However, the new skin doesn’t show stuff like bitrate et al..

PocketTunes 4 now supports Album Art. The default skin shows the album cover in a small box, clicking on it gets you a bigger view(that still is too small – no zoom here). If you want album art, this can be useful – for me, music is audio and thus images are not too interesting:
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PocketTunes 4 is said to introduce a new player core. This version is said to be slightly faster, and indeed, testing showed slightly improved speed on my T3:
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Audio quality was stellar on version 4 – but since V3 already was almost perfect, I didn’t note much of an improvement. However, the equalizer has become much faster – Treo 600-freaks can now use Bass Boost while working with the smartphone, and even the equalizer is (barely) usable:
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Overall, the main improvement in v4 is support for aac files and album art – but I disagree. The speed improvements are very handy if you use your Treo while listening to music. I don’t regret this update – download the trial and see if it pays out for you..

Ah, and tune in soon for Jonas Sell’s look at the wireless functionality!

Now that Brad Green’s review of the streaming features of Kinoma 4EX has sunken in, our new author Jonas Sell brings along a piece about Konoma 4 in use as a local media player(read: TCPMP replacement;.)).

Though Kinoma is designed for streaming, it is possible to play media which is located on SD card. Kinoma supports file types such as wmv, flv (from Google Videos and Youtube) , asf, jpg, mp3 etc. All supported files are displayed in a list at startup. A tap on it, and Kinoma opens them. When you e.g, open an image you have the ability to zoom and to drag. The image viewer decreases the quality of the image, so it is not possible to zoom in without getting stray pixels even when the image is in high quality. A slideshow is possible, too.
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But it supports video files, too. Kinoma is the first program for Palm which is able to play WMV formats. But especially this causes several problems: a lot of files need much system power which is sometimes not available so that the video is ‘jumping’. In this case on can convert the files with KinomaProducer but then other, free, solutions are more powerful. In addition, sometimes sound is not available or there is no picture (because of the WMV 8/7 codecs which aren’t licensed by Microsoft any longer).

Sound files can be played, too. But it is not possible to play them in background: exiting Kinoma – the music stops. The volume control via one-hand-navigation is a bit difficult: you have to navigate to the volume-control-icon. Next, you have to press the center-key and you can change volume with up-down buttons.
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Here ends the TamsPalm team’s take on Kinoma 4 EX – what about telling us how you feel?

When Tam asked me to do a review on the wireless component of the new Kinoma Player 4 EX, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Earlier versions of Kinoma Player were less than exceptional, and to be honest, were very limited in their capabilities. Not this one. While I’m only reviewing the wireless features of the new player, the wireless changes in this version are so significant that they would seem to deserve a review of their own. So, I’ll get to it.

There are really two ways I would like to look at the wireless capabilities of this player. I will divide the review into a focus of the Kinoma Media Guide features and wireless features outside of the Kinoma Media Guide. The Kinoma Media Guide is a new and innovative way to take a media player to another level. It takes Kinoma Player from being simply a player to a media gateway for your entertainment.

As I have said, Kinoma Media Guide is a new concept. It is not a static playlist of files that can be streamed, in fact, it is a dynamic guide to all types of media that can be experienced with the Kinoma Player. The main page of the media guide (seen below)
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offers a long list of types of media to choose from. The choices are seemingly endless. This leads to one criticism that I can make regarding the media guide. It is a little cluttered and confusing to use. There are 20 channels on the main page, and some seem a little redundant. For example, there is a news channel, but also business, weather, and sports:
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It might take some time for a new user to become acquainted with what they can find in each channel. If that is not confusing enough, the channels have sub channels, and the hierarchical structure is never immediately evident. I would suggest in future versions that they organize it like a file viewer, and allow us to expand different channels to see what is in them without going back and forth between screens. Complaints aside, there is a whole lot of content in the media guide. If you are into radio, I would suggest the Radio Stations >> World Radio by TUNED.mobi >> and then you can chose one of the sets of streams for your locale. I was able to find many of my local stations here in North Carolina, and once I knew where to look, they were very easy to get to. Of course there are so many other radio choices, this is just a little direction to help you along.

Those of you who are not interested in internet radio might be more interested in internet video. Now, there are many types of streaming video in the current era. Some videos use Windows Media format, some MPEG, but there is one format which Kinoma includes which puts these all to shame, as far as I am concerned. The new Kinoma player includes flash video playback (flv). This means, simply, that Kinoma Player 4 EX can play Google Videos, YouTube videos, and a couple other formats. The media guide gives you quick access to some of the best videos from both of these sites, but unfortunately, you are limited to the ones on the media guide. A search feature, or a better portal would be nice – maybe the next version. There are Blazer accessible portals that you can use to search for videos, at http://www.mgvids.com/videosearch.php and http://www.mobetube.com/home.php. Nevertheless, there are enough videos to hold me off until these features come. One thing you need to know is that you need to have a good connection to your access point or network. Two bars will probably cut it, but anything less is shaky, and Kinoma acts like it doesn’t know how to pre-load video (it gives an error message but buffers it anyways).

There is one last feature somewhat related to streaming that I would like to cover. Kinoma has the ability to allow external programs to plugin to it to play streaming videos. Included with the review version of the program were copies of Smartvideo and The Weather Channel plugins. Smartvideo is a subscription service that allows you to watch different types of content, and the TWC plugin gives many types of weather information, updating over the network. When you click on a video in the plugin, Kinoma opens, and the video is played, and if you hit the “back” key in Kinoma, you go back to the previous program, be it Smartvideo or TWC.

All in all, the streaming capabilities are first rate in this program. It can handle playlists if they are downloaded into a recognized folder, and I believe it registers as the default player for some of these types, but it may be conflicting with other media players on my device. Regardless, I don’t think downloaded playlists are necessary for something like Shoutcast, since you can access most radio stations from the media guide. Sure, you can play asx streams, and many other types, but I am having the most fun with Youtube and Google Video, as well as the streaming radio. So, if you have a device with any type of wireless connection, and you want to get the most out of it, Kinoma is definitely a great choice to fill that void.

Tune in soon for Jonas Sell’s review of Kinoma as a classic media player!

The Palm OS image viewer market has undergone a lot of changes over the last few years, as conversion-based applications were replaced by applications that work with native image files from memory cards. Resco came to the market after AcidImage(review) and GrxView(review) – lets see how the program stacks up:

The program has a very flexible interface that somehow mimics the classic Windows explorer. The folder bar can be made wider and smaller – and can be removed from view, too:
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Images can be displayed in a variety of styles. The size of the thumbnails can be adjusted in the Preferences:
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Thumbnails can be cached in RAM, not crapping up the Palm’s memory card with hundreds of useless files – Resco’s PhotoView does a great job here:
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A long tap on an icon brings up a menu with a variety of options(shown here for files on a memory card – RAM files have less options). Copying, etc files is done via drag and drop – multiselection can be activated in the main menu beforehand:
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When opening an image for viewing, Resco usually doesnt load the image in its full size. Instead, it scales the JPEG down a bit. A variety of options aid you when viewing images. You can adjust brightness, contrast and color hue easily in addition to zoom and rotation – innovative features everywhere! Disabling autorotation(preferences) is a good idea though…
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A really cool extra feature of Resco ImageView is its Slideshow module. The ‘normal’ slideshow module impresses with very creative effects and music support – this video has a few of them:
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The real kicker feature is the custom slideshow module. It allows you to choose display time, sequence, transition effect and music – you can even insert text slides. This video shows a little custom presentation:
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This review focussed on version 2.41.2 of RescoViewer. I tested the program on a Palm Tungsten T3 and a Treo 600 – and it worked very well on both. The program needs about 400k of RAM or VFS storage…

Overall, RescoView is an image viewer that can definitely give the established competitors a run for their money – if you are willing to invest a bit of time into learning how to use it to its best. Get the trial version and see if it suits you by all means!

Almost every Palm OS5 device can play a variety of audio files. My Treo 600 is no exception…but it lacks a media player. A basic version of NormSoft’s PocketTunes ships with all new handhelds – let’s look at how the Deluxe version fares.

PocketTunes main screen can be customized with a variety of skins. Since I am half blind and since my Treo has a Lores screen, I immediately switched back to the well-done default theme:
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Creating and managing playlists is very simple. However, PocketTunes annoys with a long and slow search – I always cancel that and select the files myself from the file system:
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PocketTunes Deluxe has a funky feature called CrossFade. This makes the last seconds of the currently playing sound overlap with the first seconds of the next – at the cost of up to one meg of RAM:
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On the Treo, background playback is implemented very smart – the volume keys on the side control the playback volume. The usual console is available on the Treo, too(altough the swipe options don’t work):
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Graphic equalizers are included, too. They work very well on the Tungsten T3, but the OMAP CPU of my Treo is overloaded… . A plain volume overdrive is included too…that works very well for silent songs like AlphaVille:
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The screen of the Treo can be turned off to save energy. PocketTunes can somehow connect to the PC(I don’t need that) and can play ShoutCast streams, too.

When playing, the Treo slows down a good bit(but remains usable most of the time). Here are the Speedy scores for two MP3s:
Unmodified
Calc Test 1.17 sec
Mem Test 0.53 sec
Graph Test 0.69 sec
Total 2.39 sec ~126 MHz
628 % / Palm Vx

160k MP3

Calc Test 3.07 sec
Mem Test 1.37 sec
Graph Test 1.83 sec
Total 6.27 sec ~48 MHz
239 % / Palm Vx

192k MP3

Calc Test 3.28 sec
Mem Test 1.44 sec
Graph Test 1.93 sec
Total 6.65 sec ~45 MHz
226 % / Palm Vx

PocketTunes can support ogg, mp3, wav and ogg files. It is said to have support for Napster to Go too…can look at that one day, too.

This review looked at Version 3.1.5 on a Tungsten T3 and a Treo 600. The programs web site is here, and a full version costs 34.95$.

Overall, PocketTunes is a very good media player. This review could only look at a small part of the product – get a trial version and look at it yourself! The only nuissance I experienced was the occasional splash screen/search delay…other than that, power to the groove!

This was sent in by a reader who claims to be a beta tester of the product. It was not created/verified by a TamsPalm analyst, but looks trustable to me!!!

Voice over Your Palm (abbreviated as VOYP) is a communications application that uses voice over internet protocol (abbreviated as VOIP) technology for free/low cost Internet calls using your Palm handheld. VOYP is developed by ToySoft Inc. a popular Palm applications developer. VOYP gives you the freedom of choice for VOIP provider to conveniently call from your Palm handheld. VOYP is a standard compliant SIP client and provides you with a choice of codec like G.711 and GSM 6.10 allowing you to select the one that suits your bandwidth. VOYP is also compatible with other applications like TAKEphONE allowing you to dial a selected number directly using VOYP.

VOYP is available for purchase from PalmVoip.ca for $29.95, the user manual details configuration details of many free and professional VoIP providers. VOYP comes with 14 days free trial which is sufficient enough to test it before purchase. As common with all VoIP software – using headphones is a must with VOYP for better voice quality.

Features of VOYP:

* Supports wide range of networks including WiFi, Bluetooth, EVDO and GPRS
* Standards Compliant SIP client
* Supports many VOIP service providers like Vonage, FreeWorld Dialup (FWD), IPTel and many more. See configuration details for popular free and premium VoIP service providers

Supported Devices:

* Treo® 650/700p
* PalmOne® E2, T3, T5, TX, LifeDrive, Zire 71/Z72 (E2, T5, TX needs a Mic mod, I used PocketPCTech’s mic for TX)

Though it is not the first solution to Palm platform, this seems to be the best solution at present. Unlike the previous vaporware like Gphone (from VLI, was pulled down without any notice and connects to their own server) and mobivoip (from Mantra group, connected to its own poor performance server which remains inaccessible all times and ended up refunding my subscriptions), VOYP allows users to connect to the servers of their choice. This implies that if you already own a VoIP account from providers like Vonage, SIPPhone, InPhonex or others you can use the same to configure and use from your Palmtop. Users can choose to make IP calls for free to talk to friends using free SIP providers like IPTel.org, Free World Dialup (FWD) or InPhonex.

Due to these differences VOYP stand out from the rest as a shining star. Also the developer is updating the software frequently to accommodate features. In last week there were two feature updates.

I used VOYP on WiFi using a TX with PocketPCTech’s mic mod and a headphone, to call PSTN (standard land line telephone) using my Vonage account. The call worked just great – the other end could not differentiate that I was calling from PDA and was using a mic mod. I was able to use GSM codec and with no call quality change and with lesser bandwidth (G711 codec consume more bandwidth). Also with the ability to turn my display off from preference I was able to save battery. Though my WiFi drained it, it would have drain still faster had the display remained on itself. I had same results with my LifeDrive mobile manager also at my friend’s place. With availability of WiFi hotspots and free WiFi access at public places like Hotels, airport – VOYP will come helpful.

In other test I chose to use Cingular Treo 650 with a headphone, though promised that VOYP works over GPRS, I could not succeed with it. So I configured to connect to internet using Bluetooth, this time I decided to use a free account from IPTel to call a friend running software client on his desktop. The call worked proper; I was also able to receive incoming call on my Treo 650. The FWD account allowed me to call toll-free numbers (using a * prefix) for free and I was able to use touch tones to select options in the call. From preface I was also able to redirect sound to the speaker phone but this introduced disturbance in voice quality, with no mic and when hearing sound on Phone speaker in the front – I heard echo, but they were gone when I used the headphones.

VOYP seems to be a promising application for Palm OS and priced perfect – some suggestions for future versions are tones for calls, visual indicator for call progress; report on data-transferred during the call and background operation that I can accept incoming calls when using other applications also.

More details from http://palmvoip.ca

People who listen to demoscene radio stations like Nectarine probably know the MOD format. A mod file basically is a Midi file that brings its samples along and thus sounds the same everywhere(german readers probably still remember T.W.Geutings Treo 600 experience).

Movemento is a demo of the Modula game engine developed and marketed by indus3. After startup, you are presented with the following screen:
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Playing MOD files works well, however, you can’t move forward in files. Also, file playback can’t be paused.

Different playlists can be created easily:
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The files are selected with a dialog that works like the Windows Common Dialogue. However, you can’t select more than one file at a time:
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The player supports background action. 0n our T3, the speedy rating reduced by about 50 Mhz – much less than an average mp3 file:
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We reviewed version 0.1 on a Palm Tungsten T3. The program’s homepage is here:
http://movemento.indus3.org/

Overall, MOD playback for the Palm OS now is a reality. Movemento works, and MOD’s sound nice. However, the program still feels like a proof of concept rather than a mediaplayer suitable for sale due to a few quirks in control…

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