Spb Software House releases Spb AirIslands for Pocket PC

PictureDial Released for the Treo 650Spb Software House releases Spb AirIslands – a new Pocket PC game based on a unique concept. This game is a combination of a real-time strategy game where you have to build a colony on an isolated island, and a set of mini-games. The 3 included mini-games are used to earn resources you can use later to develop your island. This unique concept allows Spb AirIslands to combine all the benefits of a desktop strategy game with all necessary attributes of a funny Pocket PC game. It submerges you into a unique world of an isolated island with its own history, rules, success strategy and spectacular story line. And, at the same time, you can always play one of the three mini-games when you have 5-10 minutes of spare time (for example standing in a line), thus earning resources for the big game. Amazing qVGA and VGA graphics, fantastic sound, hundreds hours of gameplay, and a game community website make playing Spb AirIslands an experience you don’t want to miss. Check this great game here:

Python for S60 now open source!

All you homebrew artists now have another toy to play with. Nokia has released Python for the S60 Platform software package to the community at large, in line with its continued commitment to mobile open-source software application development. The S60-platform, based on the Symbian OS, is a popular one among users, and now developers can fiddle with Python scripts and applications, easily loading them onto any S60-based device.Hop onto SourceForge.net, the world’s largest Open Source software development web site, to grab the source code for Python for the S60 Platform. Nokia hopes that by releasing the code, application developers can create new and innovative programs for S60 handsets, allowing users to maximize the functionality from one of the world’s most popular smartphone platforms.The creator of the Python programming language, Guido van Rossum, is glad that Nokia is providing Python to the public: “I was excited last year when Nokia announced its port of Python to its advanced phones. I’m even more excited now that Nokia is open-sourcing the port.” So are we, Guido. via mobilemag.com

Sprint Treo 700w by end of February?

Bear Stearns analysts Andrew Neff, Bill Hand and Ted Chung sent a note to clients regarding Palm’s launch with Sprint of the much-anticipated Treo 700w. Key excerpt: Sprint to offer PALM Treo 700w ahead of schedule, as early as end of February. Based on our channel checks, it appears that Sprint is likely to offer the latest PALM Treo 700w (Windows version) as early as end of February, which would be ahead of schedule (following its launch with Verizon on 1/5) — Sprint version of Treo 700 was not expected until end of March at the earliest based on the historical length of the exclusivity agreements with carriers (i.e., 3-6 months). Sprint is likely to price Treo 700w at $449, at parity with Verizon and a $50 premium to Treo 650. Sprint will offer both models. Stock impact: positive for PALM.

iPAQ rx 1950 Navigator: a car navigation set by HP

HP UK has recently announced its navigation solution HP iPAQ rx1950 Navigator in the UK. It consists of a handheld rx1950, a CarCradle with built-in GPS module and navigation software by ViaMichelin. The rx1950 is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC and has a 3.5” touch screen, Samsung SC32442 processor, 32 MB RAM, 64 MB flash memory, a SDIO slot and Wi-Fi (802.11b) support.The cradle is equipped with a built-in SIRFstar III GPS-module, a speaker and a sucker mount for the wind-screen. The company marks that the speaker is very loud, so the rx190 Navigator is the loudest navigation device on the market. The total weight of the PDA and the cradle is 320 g. The set is offered for 299 pounds in the UK, i.e. about $530. The sales should start from late January on. via mobile-review.com

BenQ ships P50 WiFi smart phone

BenQ’s P50 PDA phone has begun shipping in Europe – almost two years after the company first showed the device to the public.The keyboard-equipped P50 made its debut in March 2004 at the CeBIT show. BenQ showed it again the following May at Taiwan’s Computex show, where we saw it for the first time. The company formally launched the handset in January 2005 and then did so again, in May 2005. Both times, it said the P50 would ship H1 2005.And now here, at long last, it is. It’s got a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS radio – there’s no EDGE support – and incorporates both Bluetooth and 802.11b Wi-Fi. There’s an SD IO slot for expansion, plus a 1.3-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom for pictures and a 2.8in 240 x 320 display to show them on. It’s powered by a 416MHz Intel PXA272 processor but, to show its age, it’s running WiIndows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. There’s 64MB of RAM and 64MB of ROM on board.The handset’s 1230mAh battery provides sufficient charge for up to four hours’ call time and 120 hours on stand-by. The P50 measures 12.2 x 6 x 2cm and weighs 170g. Expect to pay around Euro535/ Pound 366.Since the P50’s launch, BenQ has acquired Siemens mobile phone operation, reforming the two units into BenQ-Siemens. Earlier this month it launched its first line-up of co-branded handsets. via reghardware.co.uk