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Ever wondered how contact application searches using all the character mapping of a key?When you press the “2” key it matches all the contacts 

with ‘a’,’b’ and ‘c’. If you want to have the same kind of functionality in your application then the magic lies in the following registry key:

 “KeyboardMappings” = REG_SZ

This has the mappings for all the keys and there corresponding character values.


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Came across this article on Windows Mobile 7. This speaks about the various features of Windows Mobile 7 – like gesture and motion recognition, better visual effects like transition etc.

Though this is not an official announcement and might not be 100% accurate.But if even 70% of it is true, it would be an exiting time ahead, and might give iPhone a serious run for its money :-).Check the following link for the article:


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Nokia would be offering Windows live on there series 60 devices.Check out the following link:


Interesting , isn’t it.Guess the entry of Apple and rumoured entry of google has revitalized the market.Am sure we would be hearing more and more interesting news in the Mobile space…:-)

If you remember then Nokia has also licensed DRM and the push email from Microsoft.Whats next a Nokia Windows Mobile device..:-)

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Now this is what I call a kooooooool idea.Imagine your mobile phone doubling as a projector.Suddenly the phone can realy become an entertainment device.Have a movie you want to share, just show it.You are a sales professional and you want to share some presetation with a client,no problem just shoot it at the nearest wall.Microvision recently announced that they have signed an agreement with Motorola to develop laser based Pico projector solution for Mobile devices.

Ofcourse there would be loads of challenges on the way,one would be fitting the projector in to a mobile phone and somehow still manage to keep the size as small as possible. Second is ofcourse the achiles heal of mobile device,power;it wouldnt help if the projector devours the battery power in an hour. But if they manage to do that then I am sure they have Winner on there hand.I hope they succeed..:-).For the result would lead to realy exiting applications.

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Recently RIM announced availability of Blackberry suit of applications (email, phone, calendar, address book, tasks etc.) on Windows Mobile 6. Of-course for the e-mail you would be using Black Berry Enterprise Server , wont you :-).It means two things:

First RIM expects some heat ,if not already facing, from Windows Mobile 6 and anticipate it to be a serious competitor.

Second RIM dosen’t want to be caught napping when it happens.For RIM also makes good deal of money from Enterprise server licensing. So they wouldn’t want people switching to exchange at the cost of there server.Windows Mobile is a force to reckon with in the enterprise market,which means enterprise customers going for Windows Mobile would also be going for Exchange.

This is an interesting and logical move from RIM,interesting because they are taking windows mobile 6 as a serious competitor,logical because of the reason discussed above.If you remember then last year Microsoft had licensed Exchange Active Sync to Nokia for usage in Symbian.The same logic drives RIM.

I think its good for the market and consumer as they have more and more choices..:-).I am sure that this trend is going to continue in future .

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In a recent event Palm CEO announced that there are planning to have there own linux platform and first devices would be out probably by 2007.This is kind of back to square one for Palm.Palm started off with there own OS and hardware,in a very successful venture.Some would say that they sort of created the Pda market.Later bifurcated there OS and hardware business.Palm source was then taken over by Access.They then also delved with Windows Mobile.

Though they have perpetual license to use Garnet, but it has some innate drawbacks especially in the area of communication and multimedia.So using linux makes perfect sense for Palm. They would essentially have there own OS and linux would provide them with a head start in multimedia and communication (they dont need to develop them from ground up)

I think this would be music to open source/Linux world.Palm is known for its innovation and if they bring that attitude to embedded Linux, this would surely lead to some great devices.

This year and next should be pretty exiting.Some exiting debuts are on card iPhone and now Palm with Linux.

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Recently Steve Jobs called out to Music companies to do away with the DRM (newyorktimes).It’s a welcome voice.

DRM has long been a bone of contention between Music companies and Consumers. For the music companies it’s like walking on a fine line, before they realize they have stepped on consumers toe,who then starts shouting “blue murder”!!. For the consumer it’s very unintutive, the logic goes ,”I have bought this,it’s upto me how I use it and how I play it” and “why shouldn’t I be able to create a backup of my content?”. This is like a catch 22 situation. What is need of the hour is to come up with a new business model, which is fair to both producer and consumer. Furious change in technology has totaly changed the game, it calls for the change in rules, old rules have no meaning in the new game. (more…)

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