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By James S. McCarthy, Executive Editor | In the past long before the PalmPilot's
PalmOne device, the US Robitics/3COM spin-off was the leader of the pack, setting
technological milestones in the handheld market. Then something happened and their
innovative reputation faded into a fog almost as fast as the handheld company itself.
the recent acquisition of HandSpring has most likely given them a few more good
years, but unless they don't start chiseling a new and once again forward moving
momentum in the wireless (or more broad, mobile) market
who knows what PalmOne might be called next.
There are two clear wireless handhelds that PalmOne is
pushing to the market at snails speed. The first set of somewhat
recent handhelds with wireless features included the Palm i705
which became the part of the more recent Tungsten family
known as the Tungsten W and Tungsten C. However even more
recent then these two devices which have sunk to the bottom
of the market like lead balloons is the Treo 600 which PalmOne
inherited through the HandSpring acquisition. Today, with rumors
of the upcoming Tungsten T5 (or so it has been called) and the
Treo 650 where is PalmOne heading with wireless devices?
The pathetic life of Palm.Net and the "before-theirtime" Palm PQA applets have finally been eliminated thanks
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brouhaha over the SDIO Wi-Fi card or they're still researching the perfect PDA.
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high-end device. One of them is that the upcoming T5 will include 2 SD slots.
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plus side a dual SD slot design is ideal for power management and portability,
but ultimately the consumer would have to accept such wild-hare idea.
Integration of wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are becoming a fairly
standard way of design thanks to the Windows Mobile device makers and so for Palm
to implement an out-of-the-norm strategy for static handhelds would be a poor design
choice. The customer has accepted integration yet thrives for modularity, speed, capacity
and power efficiency which dual SD slots using I/O cards for cameras, Wi-Fi and other
functions could be a unique way of operating a PDA as well as even increasing its lifespan.
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Hi,
How do I transfer data from palm desktop to pocket pc. Thanks
Dear Courtney E.
Transferring data from the Palm Desktop to a Windows Mobile
Pocket PC device is actually pretty easy to do. The secret is using
a middle-ware application like Dataviz' Beyond Contacts to act
like data broker between the Palm OS device and Outlook. Before installing Beyond Contacts (trial version) HotSync your Palm
OS device one more time to make sure all current data is on the
Palm OS device. Now install Beyond Contacts and synchronize.
This will duplicate all the PIM data on your Palm OS device into
Outlook. Now simply connect your Windows Mobile for Pocket
PC device to your desktop computer and when prompted select
the "Overwrite Handheld" option. Whala! You're done.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------I am looking for an inexpensive PDA for paper less geocaching.
I can not figure out if every PDA is the same for this option. Is
every PDA able to download the info off the web site and able to
hook up with any GPS? Do they all work pretty much the same?
Any information would help.
Dear pdacacher
This is a huge topic of discussion over at geocaching.com and
seems to really boil down to personal preference. Geocaching
with a PDA which is called "paperless caching" is becoming more
and more popular.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hello Pocket Anywhere,
What, in your opinion, is a good Palm OS program to keep passwords and other information?
Dear Jason P.
There are tons of software apps like these available online. Many
of them are shareware and run about $30. The price usually
includes a desktop companion. My favorite app on the Palm OS
side is Iliumsoft's eWallet (http://www.iliumsoft.com). It includes
a desktop companion for Windows users only. Since i use a Mac
I have had to recently switch to Splash Data's Splash ID because
they have both Mac OS and Windows desktop support. My
recommendation is to try both apps out and see which one you
like better and register.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hi,
Can I sync my entourage data to my ipod?
Dear Rick T.
The iPod is more than just a digital music player -- it's practically
a PDA and so YES! you can do this. Check out http://www.
pocketmac.net for some really great tools for your iPod and the
Mac OS.
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JUST•RELEASED•GADGETS•AND•SOFTWARE
RoadTrip, http://www.griffintechnology.com.
Imagine having a high powered FM Transmitter,
an iPod auto charger AND a convenient iPod
cradle. Meet RoadTrip, the only iPod and iPod
mini car accessory you’ll ever need. Also works
with new 4G Apple iPod.
Splash Id, http://www.
splashdata.com. Safely
stores personal identification information.
New features include
field masking, password
generator, custom icon
support and more!
EMTAC Trine Bluetooth GPS, http://
www.emtac.com.
AgendusMail, http://
Longer operation time
www.iambic.com.
by using Replaceable
Unlock the full power / Rechargeable Li-ion
of your Palm device by battery, 24K records
integrating your conData Log function
tacts, calendar, and to provides flexible apdo list, but also e-mail plications, Muilti-Link
and SMS functionality. supports four iPAQ
Agendus Professional
PPC2003 PDAs and
Edition offers all the
easy to use and hand
flexibility, customfree carrying design.
izing, and time-saving
features of the Standard
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Travel Deluxe, http://
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com. Multifunctional
travel software including lots of bells and
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TradeWinds, http://
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Build your empire
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iSkin eVo2 for 4G Apple iPod,
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as well as anit-slip proof.
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Version 7, http://
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Whether it’s viewing, editing and
creating files and databases or accessing
your business and
personal contacts,
calendar, tasks and
notes; Documents To
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be without all your
important files and
information again.
JavoEdge Retractable ear Buds,
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with your tangled
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cords. Lightweight
and comfortable.
Easily portable - fits
perfectly in your
pocket or gear bag.
Three O'clock Video Magazines, http://
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first video magazine service for mobile
phones. Subscribers can gain free access
to 60 video magazines to watch and read
on their java-enabled mobile phones.
PhatNet, http://www.phatware.
com. PhatNet is the ultimate LAN
and WAN analyzing and monitoring tool for Windows Mobile Powered Pocket PCs. Ideal for network
administrators and security auditors, as it gives a clear picture of
all network data in real-time.
Plant Tycoon, http://
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Tycoon is a true realtime gardening sim
AgendaFusion 6.15, where you breed exotic
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Laridian's MyBible 3, http://www.Laridian.
com. Turn your Palm handheld into a Bible
study tool! MyBible 3.0 gives you fast, easy
access to the entire Bible in your favorite
translations. Read, search, highlight, take
notes, compare translations and much more!
Griffin Technology, http://www.
griffintechnology.
com. EarJams easily snap onto your
Apple earbuds. Each
set of EarJams comes
with three sizes of
earpads to give you
a snug and comfortable fit. Once you
use EarJams, your
earbuds will never
be naked again.
T-Mobile USA, http://www.tmobile.
com. It’s everything you love about Sidekick, only better—with a slimmer design,
a built-in camera with flash, a speakerphone, and a better phone experience,
plus more options and more fun.
Griffin Technology, http://www.
griffintechnology.com. The iBeam
flashlight is surprisingly functional
when a quick beam
of light is required
in a dark car or
doorstep. The iBeam
laser pointer is an
amazingly powerful
red laser beam that
is capable of being
seen over a quarter
of a mile away.
Griffin Technology,
http://www.griffintechnology.com.
Your cup holder is a
great place for your
iPod on the road,
but it can still slide
around, fall out, and
even be scratched.
The PodPod also
leaves room on the
inside for a docking
cable, and provides
a place for the cable
to run without disturbing your iPod’s
new found peace.
PalmOne's new
TUNGSTEN T5
256MB memory,
416Mhz processor,
with Palm OS 5.4
PalmOne, http://www.palmone.com.
The wait is over, PalmOne recently announced
the newest member of their Tungsten family,
the T5 which will be released for sale starting
November 3, 2004.
This new Palm OS handheld includes
everything the Palm OS platform is famous for
from the simplified user interface to clutter-free
PIM applications (Calendar, Address Book,
Tasks and Notepad). But what makes the T5 different from its previous models is that under the
hood is 256 MBs of memory which 160MB can
be mounted on any USB compatible computer
(including Mac OS X computers). PalmOne
added a few multimedia-minded programs to
complete the package that make it a step easier
to listen to music, share pictures or watch movies on the handheld. Additionally, Bluetooth is
natively supported. Unfortunately Wi-Fi is not
integrated in the T5 as previsouly rumored (as
well as hoped).
The new JumpDrive TouchGuard remembers
your Web addresses, user names and passwords to simplify your life without the need
to remember login information. lexor.com
The Solar SCOTTeVEST (SeV) System, http://
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Looking at this phone one has to be impressed with
the layout of the device. A QWERTY keyboard, PIM buttons, and a five way navigational pad along with a touch
screen to navigate the device. While there is a touch screen,
the navigation pad is designed to reduce the need for a
stylus. The navigation pad in combination with the built-in
keyboard facilitates a convenient one-handed operation of
the device. Brilliance in design is an understatement for
this phone. After using the Treo for a couple of weeks, I
went to my Pocket PC and was “Thumbing” for the navpad
and realized that a stylus was needed. The Treo design has
changed the way I use a device and my expectations of a
handheld computer.
The built-in keyboard illuminates when any button
on the device is pressed. This is especially helpful when
in dark surroundings. The four PIM buttons also light up a
dark blue as well to navigate the device. The keyboard is a
bit small but is necessary to be integrated into this phone. Otherwise, the result would be a borderline brick
of a phone that would parallel that of the previous Treo phones. So those with large hands (like myself)
may have a little bit of a learning curve in getting used to the buttons. In time, the keys on the keyboard
become much easier to use. An options button is used to enable the use of numbers and punctuation as
well as a shift button is to provide the ability to capitalize letters. The home button brings the user to the
main applications launcher and the menu button gives access to menu drop-downs within an application. These are the two buttons on the keyboard that I use quite often to bounce between applications. In
contrast to the T9 text input method, the built-in keyboard is much more intuitive and an integrated way
to input data into and navigate around a phone.
On the top of the Treo is the phone antenna, on/off button, infrared port, SD expansion slot, and
mode switch. To have the antenna more flush mounted into the phone would be desirable, but it has not
interfered nor has it hampered productivity. The on/off button when pressed turns the device on or off.
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By John Ohnstad | The convergence of Handheld Computers and Mobile Phones has created an
extraordinary opportunity for hardware and software developers to make users more productive. The question I asked once smart phones were beginning to be released was “How productive will I be using this
all in one?” The presupposition of this reviewer was that if you combine functions into an “All-In-One”
device you lose something. The question is how much more could one get done versus the perceived loss
of other features. While the Treo 600 might be missing some of the bells and whistles of the Windows
Mobile Operating System, the design and integration of this
phone make an extremely productive combination. I found
myself being considerably more productive immediately
with the Treo 600. The irony of using the Treo for me was
that the Handheld/PDA market built itself on the efficiencies
of tapping a touch screen with a stylus, the Treo 600 on the
other hand, makes you more productive without the need
of a stylus. The touch screen and stylus are available, but I
found myself using the stylus for the occasional reset than
to navigating the device.
The phone used for this article is a Treo 600 GSM
Model with AT & T Wireless as the service provider. This
article is focusing on the Treo as a productive business tool
using the device on its own. There will not be an evaluation of the wireless service provider or the wireless web
services provided by AT & T.
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As long as there have been Palm devices, there have been replacement Personal Information Managers (PIM) to bring added
functionality to the built in PIMs. Agendus, formerly known as
Action Names, then Action Names Datebook
has established itself as one of the top Palm OS
developers on the market. Agendus comes in
standard and professional editions. Some of
the key differentiator between the two is the
messaging capabilities and advanced task sorting capabilities of the professional version.
Agendus Professional is a full-featured contact manager, scheduling tool, task tracker, and messaging application all rolled up into one program. With this functionality
comes size. The combined Agendus Professional and Iambic Mail
footprint totals nearly 1.5 megabytes of space. For my uses and for this review,
the focus will be on Agendus as a PIM replacement a, scheduling tool, and
how it works with the Treo 600.
After installing Agendus, the user has many options and settings com-
fessional
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Calendar, Contacts, Tasks
Agendus Pro v.8
binations. Mapping views to particular buttons, filtering tasks, views, and
categories are just the beginning. One indispensable feature of Agendus that
won me over was the ability to set the contact storage format to popular third party synchronization products. What I mean by this, is that Agendus allows the user to format the scheduling
information to link with a particular contact in a manner that would link with a desktop contact
manager. For example, I have the contact storage format set for Companionlink. For those not
familiar with Companionlink, it is a third party synchronization product that sync between
a desktop product such as Act! or Goldmine and a handheld computer. Companionlink
allows the user to format the custom fields between the desktop and the Treo in a manner
they see fit.
Microsoft Office
rsion 6
Ve
Doc
tad | Documents to Go
by DataViz has been
a staple application
for nearly as long as
the original Palm Pilots
were released. For those
not familiar with Documents to Go, it is a suite of
office applications that allows the
user to create, edit, synchronize and review
word processing, presentation, spreadsheet,
view photos, and pull e-mail wirelessly all
from a Palm OS-Powered handheld computer.
A special viewer comes bundled with
every Treo 600 that allows users to view word
processing and spreadsheet attachments. To
get the added functionality of creating and
editing these files, the user must purchase a
full license of the product.
So how does this work on the Treo?
Navigating Documents to Go is quite
simple. After installing the desktop and
remium
Treo Integration
In the preferences section of Agendus, the user is able to set the 5-Way
Navigation Pad to be enabled. Once this is happens, Agendus becomes a Treo’s
best friend.
To navigate around the Treo, the navigation pad makes it quite simple.
With the Agenda view open, the Agenda Box (labeled as a 1) is highlighted.
From here, the user can move between views by sliding the hi-lighter to the
appropriate view. To navigate the screen view, the user needs to press up and
down on the navigation pad. For example, in the Agenda view, the user would
press the upper button of the navigation pad to access the appointment screen.
From here, items can be opened and edited by highlighting the appointment and
press the center navigation button to access the appointment editing screen. From
the appointment screen, the user can press the lower navigation pad button to access the task
list. To edit/complete a particular task, just highlight the item, press the center button, and edit.
Pretty simple to use and quite intuitive.
Scheduling is also a simple process. Using the menu button on the Treo’s keyboard, the user
can use the drop-down menus or the shortcuts associated with each menu item. For example, to
schedule an appointment, I would press the menu button followed by the letter “M” to schedule
a meeting. From here, the edit meeting window appears. The user can select categories, time,
duration, and the contacts to link the meeting. In version 8.0, Agendus allows for additional
attendees to be linked in each appointment. From within the appointment, the user can dial
a contact’s phone number by pressing the phone icon. A fun feature Agendus brings is that if
the user dials from within the application, Agendus tracks the duration of the phone call. These
features listed for meeting items also apply to To-Dos and Calls.
In the spirit of productivity, Agendus is a must for those looking to get the most out of
their Treo.
oP
on your PalmOne Treo
with Documents
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handheld applications of Docs to Go, select Documents from the Treo’s application
launcher, also known as the “Home” screen.
After opening up the main Documents application, it searches for supported files (Word to
Go, Sheet to Go, Pics to Go, and Native Word
and Excel files). The first document/item is
highlighted, From here, the user can scroll
through the rest of the files by moving up or
down with the navigation pad. If there is a
file the user wishes to open, simply select it
and then press the center button in the middle
of the navigation pad.
Let’s say the user wishes to create a
new file. From this menu, the user would
then press the left side of the navigation pad
to highlight the edges of the Documents to
Go files. This allows the user to press the
navigation pad around to highlight different
elements of the Documents to Go application.
Options from here would be to create new
ments to Go file, the user can use the
Treo’s keyboard along with the menu
button to take advantage of the drop
down menus for formatting
and editing. To finish work on
a file, the user would then press
the center navigation button to
escape out of the input area,
then navigate the highlighted
area to the done button. With
Docs to Go, it defaults to the
Done button when this button
is pressed.
The added Treo 600
functionality not only tightly integrates
this program, it actually makes Docs
to Go more responsive and “Snappier”
to use.
An added utility that helps when
using Documents to Go is a small application entitled KeyCap600. This
utility helps the user to capitalize
and access the characters usually
used by the options button by
holding the respective key on
the keyboard a little longer or by
double pressing a particular key.
Another great utility is the Palm
Wireless Keyboard. For those
who do not like using the small
keys on the device, the Palm
Wireless Keyboard works nicely
and allows the user to navigate
the Treo in a similar manner as
the navigation pad. PalmOne has
updated the keyboard’s drivers to be Treo
compatible so all of the Treo navigation
features are accessible through different
combinations of keys on the keyboard.
Overall, Dataviz did an outstanding job in making their Office Suite work
with the Treo. This product is a must have
if you use any type of a Palm OS device
and work with Microsoft Office. As one
who also uses a Pocket PC, its nice be-
ing able to get formatting back into Office Files
and not having to worry about it being stripped
when synchronizing with the desktop. All of my
client’s rate pages, proposals, documentation,
correspondence templates, and rate request
templates are handled through Documentsto-Go and are synchronized without a single
problem.
Documents to Go scores by being TreoOptimized. The user can access all features
of the program using the navigation pad and
keyboard only. Keep the stylus in the silo,
your docs and spreadsheets are only a couple
of buttons away.
New Version 7
Documents To Go
documents/spreadsheets, to change
categories, or to narrow the files being
displayed ((i.e. Spreadsheets) only, or
Word files only.). Once inside a Docu12
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for native PowerPoint files and a
complete UI redesign has recently been
released by DataViz.
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the questions: How intuitive is the product in design? Is the product
built to last or be disposable? Does the product fulfill its promises?
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one question: Does the price of this product (or service) live up to
its retail price? If not, why not? The more red dots the better
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When evaluating a product's learning curve our reviewers ask
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Volume 3. Issue 3
PALM OS
Keep your passwords, accounts
and other personal data safe
using SplashId for Palm OS
review section
By James S. McCarthy | SplashData's Splash Wallet 5 is a bundle of
programs that good, useful and include
desktop companion programs for both
Windows and Mac OS users. The bundle
includes Splash ID, a program for storing
sonal information that is hard to
remember on the fly when you
need it, yet is sensitive enough
that it needs to be protected so
that you are the only one whom
can access the data. Records in
SplashId are encrypted with the
standard Blowfish algorithm
and can be safely shared with
friends, family and co-workers
through the SplashId Virtual
Id (vID) format. This format
encrypts a record selection
from SplashId desktop with
a password that can only be Above: Support template category types.
unlocked and viewed with the
corresponding password and SplashId desktop remained safe and sound.
for the computing platform.
SplashId is a perfect companion for
SplashId stands above its competition be- people who need an easy-to-use and simple
cause of the wide range of device compatibility, way to store web site login and password
including the Palm OS, Windows Mobile for information, bank account numbers, social
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desktop and various Symbian ports. This makes (for children) and just about any other type of
SplashId flexible and useful to anyone with a information that you don't want other people
mobile device or just desktop that has a need to to know, yet have it handy when you need it.
store various types of sensitive information.
SplashId is $14.99 individually and part of the
Complete with over 15 predefined
card types there it's a sure thing that SplashId
Splash ID, Part of
will have the record type that you need with
SplashWallet 5 bundle $49.95
the correct field information for your data.
But, in the event it doesn't have the card type
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
or it does but the fields are not quite perfect,
Price: $19.95 (by itself)
SplashId includes the option of customizing
www.splashdata.com
fields by type or individual record. This adds
a powerful layer of sophistication for every
user so that each entry includes the correct
EDITORS' CHOICE
information whether public or private.
Private information can be masked
Pros
when previewing the card and displayed
1. Password generator included
with a tap and password. Additional security
2. Password Time-out and entry to app.
also includes the option to lock the appli3. Good set of predefined templates
cation after a specified time period such
4. Easy to search/lookup records
as being idle for a minute or two; both the
mobile and desktop versions of SplashId
Cons
support this time-out feature. During testing,
1. Icons could be higher-resolution
the value of this feature proved important
2. No adequate export options on PDA
because the Palm OS device used for testing
3. No auto-copy of masked field data like
was frequently left on with the last applicaon the desktop companion (Win/Mac)
tion used being SplashId. Our information
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login, passwords and other personal information; SplashMoney, a simple personal
finance program that synchronizes with
Microsoft Money and Quicken; SplashPhoto, an easy way to organize photos
on both your Palm OS and desktop computer; and, SplashShopper, a powerful list
maker program for food and other types
of shopping.
By far the most valuable program
in the SplashWallet 5 bundle is SplashId.
This program securely manages login,
bank account, credit card and other per-
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SplashMoney:
An easy way to keep your money
in-balance and in-sync
PALM OS
By James S. McCarthy | Keeping
track of bank account balances, stocks,
savings, loans and credit cards is simple
and convenient using a handheld device,
and SplashMoney is one of the many simple
ways to keep your finances synchronized
between a mobile device and desktop com-
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puter using Quicken, Microsoft Money and
Excel (or other CSV compatible program).
SplashMoney works as advertised
and provides a single-level of security for
protecting your data. The database files are
also encrypted to prevent savvy users from
accessing them and snooping for sensitive
account information; however, the files
that are created through the synchronization process and saved on the desktop
computer are not protected and easily
compromised if the snooper knows where
to look or the owner forgets
to permanently delete them.
Both the Windows and
Mac OS users have the same
feature set which include the
ability to export SplashMoney's account
data through a
synchronization conduit
(Information Type for
ActiveSync).
This includes
the option to
export in a
QIF format
(Quicken file,
also importable by Microsoft Money) or as
a CSV ASCII Text file. In either format all the
transactions or just new transactions can
be exported. A limitation to this otherwise
useful sync-utility is the lack of importing
from the desktop computer to the handheld.
Currently, only QIF files can be imported to
the Palm OS or any other handheld version.
The Palm OS version of SplashMoney
is plain and simple to use and like many
Palm OS programs still hasn't caught up to
the 16-bit graphic age. The icons are clean
and cute, but could be slick and crisp with
a little updating. However, this doesn't
effect the functionality of the program for
either the Palm OS or the Pocket PC.
Some of the most useful features in
SplashMoney include the ability to create a
budget, transfer money between accounts,
run reports on the device itself and schedule transactions. Other common options
found in desktop financial programs such
as maintaining custom lists for payees,
categories, classes, currencies and transaction types are also available. What makes
this program a smart choice is that the user
interface is not packed full of buttons or
icons. The menu choices are simple: Accounts, Lists and Options. The selections
found inside these main titles are easy to
interpret and optimized for the current view.
SplashMoney has two views: Accounts
and transactions. Depending on which view
is being displayed with changed the options
available. Some of the more popular options include reconciliation, creating a new
transaction, setting the font and preferences
to choosing your own row and header colors.
SplashMoney is $19.99 individually
and part of the SplashWallet 5 bundle.
Splash Money, Part of
SplashWallet 5 bundle $49.95
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Price: $19.95 (by itself)
Compatibility:
Palm OS, Windows and Mac OS X
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Pros
1. Desktop synchronization of accounts
2. Auto-lockout
3. Category and multiple account support
4. Includes support for budgets
Cons
1. Synchronization is not direct with
Quicken or Microsoft Money
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PALM OS
Search Google, get your G-mail
and chat? Causerie Messenger client does it all
review section
By Adam Purcell | When I first
read about the Causerie Messenger
program on pocketanywhere.com's
news headlines (RSS feed available at
http://www.pocketanywhere.com/rss.
xml) it sounded like just the program
for my PalmOne T3 that I needed after
purchasing PalmOne's SDIO Wi-Fi card.
Now that my T3 is wireless more or less,
I can easily chat with my online buddies
cludes the same functionality but lets the user
login under different handles for the same
displays the contact list for all registered
IM services in multiple views: all (online contacts are displayed in bold), just
contact online and just the services where
current buddies are online. Toggling
these views involves a simple tap and
to begin a conversation is just as easy.
By tapping on a bold buddy name,
Causerie
displays
a contextual
menu
with the
option
to chat,
delete
the
buddy,
add to
favorites list, alert when online, call and
other options that make it easy to chat
with and manage a buddy. You can also
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Causerie Messenger
from where ever I roam
in the house or office.
Additionally, Causerie
Messenger provides access to multiple
chat networks like AIM, MSN, ICQ
and Jabber, as well as allows multiple
accounts in the premiere version which
other multi-client messaging programs
for the Palm OS, such as VeriChat (version 1.9), currently do not support.
Causerie Messenger is available
in two editions: standard and premiere.
The standard edition supports all major
instant messenging networks including
MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Causerie-Server and
Jabber where as the premiere edition in-
message service. The
MantraGroup also distributes an enterprise version
with IBM's SameTime
(3.0+) technology. A review of SameTime can be
found online at NetworkWorld Fusion (http://www.
nwfusion.com/reviews/
2003/0331rev.html).
The program installs easily through the
Palm Desktop install tool on a Windows desktop computer or Mac OS X desktop. It can
also be installed through an SD card. Once
installed, the setup of IM accounts is a quick
and simple process involving a popup selector and two text fields for the services username and password. After your account information has been setup logging into the services can be a manual or automatic process.
After connecting to the IM services
you have chosen navigating and chatting is
key-click or Graffiti2 stroke away. Causerie
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ●
Price: $34.95 Annual Subscription
www.mantragroup.com
Compatibility:
Palm OS, AIM, MSN, ICQ, Jabber
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Pros
1. Supports multiple accounts
2. Easy interface for multiple chat session
3. Works in the background
4. Quick text entries for fast responses
5. Three different ways to view contacts
6. "IM BOTS" supporting useful functions
Cons
1. Annual Subscription
2. Low-resolution graphics for icons
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SplashPhoto for Palm OS
A no-frills point and tap photo album
review section
By James S. McCarthy | Say
Cheese to SplashData's SplashPhoto
- a no frills photo viewer and manager
made to work as simple as a point
and click. From the install, SplashPhoto
makes taking digital photo albums a
simple task. There are no fancy editing features to accidently stumble into
while tapping icons on the screen and
displaying an image requires a common skill that any PDA user is accustom to: tapping. Just tap on the photo
and watch it be displayed full screen
without menu or title bars. Using the
up/down arrow buttons, or jog dial on
Clies, the photos will advance in order ,
or tapping the screen shows the index.
The index screen can viewed
in four different ways: detailed list,
detailed list with thumbnails, thumb-
nails with filename and just
thumbnails. Photos may also
be categorized and flagged
as private and displayed by
category and the standard
Palm OS privacy policy.
This policy will only display
private records (or photos) if
the user has properly configured the Palm OS Security preferences and entered
the correct password after
tapping the first photo. All
private photos will then be
disabled until the security
preference is changed through
SplashPhoto's menu options.
While viewing the
photos as index there are
four preference settings.
These include the font used
to display photo information, caption preferences that are used when
viewing the photo, slide show preferences
and general program settings. On top of this
ultra-easy interface for browsing photos,
SplashPhoto may also be used as a screensaver by checking a box in the Slide Show
preferences screen. Additionally, music can
be played while the slideshow/screensaver is
running. This only works with the most recent
versions of Pocket Tunes or AreoPlayer and is
a nice feature of SplashPhoto. Unfortunately
neither the Slide Show or ScreenSaver options
are available on the desktop companion.
Also included with SplashPhoto
is a desktop companion for Mac OS and
Windows desktop computers. Both platforms
offer the basic ability to synchronize photos
between the handheld device and desktop
computer. Photos may be sent to the device in full size or optimized for a 320x480
(Tungsten T3) display. This optimization will
save memory by reducing the file size as
well as be easier to view on the device.
SplashPhoto is a great program for
showing off the kids, however it lacks a
few easy shortcuts to some frequently used
functions like zoom, delete and close. An
individual photo can not be deleted from the
index. It may only be deleted while being
viewed, and since photos open full screen
the menu options are not intuitive. A small
toolbar using the built-in Palm OS shortcut bar to zoom, delete and close would
improve the overall use of SplashPhoto.
SplashPhoto is $14.99 individually
and part of the SplashWallet 5 bundle.
Splash Photo, Part of
SplashWallet 5 bundle $49.95
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Price: $19.95 (by itself)
www.splashdata.com
Compatibility:
Palm OS, Windows and Mac OS X
Pros
1. Desktop companion for Win & Mac
2. Multiple ways to view photo index
3. Play MP3 while viewing slideshow
4. Supports private images
Cons
1. Deleting images is not intuitive
2. Needs toolbar when viewing photos for
"zoom", "info" and other basic options.
4. Images are not standard JPGs
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SplashShopper for Palm OS is for you
using a Palm OS handheld than you're
probably one of the many ultra-organized people who have a list for
everything - a list for a list even
- and you probably know that there
is no such thing as a simple list.
This is because lists tend to spawn
relating lists and so forth. Before
you know it a simple grocery list
had grown to include items from
Target and Walmart, the sporting
good store and next weekend's
camping trip. Well help is here with
SplashData's SplashShopper for
handhelds, an extremely organized
list making program where shopping
comes before any other list yet anything
list-wise is possible if for those who just
like to list things for the sake of lists.
One of the most useful SplashShopper features is the ability to create "QuickLists". This saves many minutes of "checking" needed items before heading out to
the grocery store because a "QuickList" is
similar to a template because it remembers what items were originally checked
and then when the specified "QuickList"
is selected those items, regardless of their
current state are moved into the Need tab.
SplashShopper is designed with
the simplest interface possible for list
making. There are basically three areas
that make this program work. The first
is the main screen, or the screen that
displays all the available lists. The second
area is list itself, think of this as the cart.
The third screen is for item detail.
Items details provide a wide array
of information for product. This includes
its name, category and store, price,
quantity and isle number. Other attributes
may also include whether a coupon is
being used, if it's taxable or auto-delete
it once it's checked. Information can
also be quick-filled with custom items
by tapping a black down-arrow and
selecting and item from the pop-up list.
Depending on the list type (e.g..,
shopping, travel, books, clothes, etc) will
depend on what default fields will be
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By James S. McCarthy | Who doesn't
like to shop, or at least make lists? If you're
labeled as. These labels may also be
changed to custom names by editing
the "List Info". The only fields that can't
changed include coupon, auto-delete and tax. The ability to edit at the
list info level makes SplashShopper a
flexible and easy to use program for
more than the weekly milk and eggs.
The desktop companion of
SplashShopper works the same way
as the handheld version and includes a few extra features: importing lists from HandyShopper and
PDA Cook Book as well CSV.
Splash Shopper, Part of
SplashWallet 5 bundle
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Price: $19.95 (by itself)
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Pros
1. Desktop companion export options
2. Easy to setup repeating items or just
one time items
3. Simple work-flow user interface
4. QuickList templates for simple lists
Cons
1. Does not support 5-way navigation pad
like HandyShopper v2
2. Icons should be hi-resolution
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PALM OS
Are you a shopaholic or list maker?
PALM OS
JavoEdge Sync-n-Charge
Retractable Cable for Palm or Pocket PC
review section
By James S. McCarthy | Everyone needs to sync their PDA
as well as charge it, which is why dual Sync-n-Charge cables
have become the must-have accessory for PDA owners who
travel across the country to across town. JavoEdge Sync-n-Charge
cables extend this concept a step further by making them more
compact and with a retractable cable and stylish look that compliments today's modern black and brushed silver handhelds.
The compact design makes the JavoEdge Sync-n-Charge
cable easy to toss into a small carry-on, purse, backpack or
gadget bag for use while traveling or at a computer where there
is not a cradle available for your device. The cable extends to
35"; almost 3 feet making reachable to USB ports located on
the back of desktop or laptop computers, and alternatively only
be extended an inch or two for those USB ports found on the
front or sides.
Made from a durable plastic the JavoEdge Sync-n-Charge
cable is molded to fit with many different handhelds. Some of
these include:
5
Practical Uses
1. Travel
2. Quick Charging
3. Small space synching
4. Work to Home commute
5. Auto Charging*
*with optional 12-V USB adapter
• PalmOne Tungsten T, Zire and m500 series
• Treo (formerly Handspring, now PalmOne)
• Sony Clie's (most series like the T, TJ, UX, etc)
• Pocket PC's (iPAQ, Dell, Asus, T-Mobile, O2, etc.)
• RIM - Blackberry
• Various mobile phones (AT&T, iMate, Orange SPV
A complete list of supported devices is available online at http://www.javoedge.
com, and there is no other web site where Pocket Anywhere labs has found more syncn-charge cables available for more mobile devices than JavoEdge.
Over several months of use the JavoEdge Sync-n-Charge Retractable Cable
lived up to its expectations for its price. Eventually, the retracting mechanism became less reliable requiring a slower pulling action when stretching to length and
the center coil slightly moved. However, the center coil could easily be readjusted
to center by extending the cable to full length, holding both ends and repositioning
it. No part of the cable or retracting mechanism ever broke or completely failed. It is
consistently one of the most-have accessories when
travelling anywhere;
home to office, or city to
city, the JavoEdge Sync-nCharge Retractable Cable
is an accessory every handheld or
mobile device user has to own. And, for
the price of $14.99 it's worth every penny.
JavoEdge Sync-n-Charge
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Price: $19.95
www.javoedge.com
Compatibility:
With various Palm OS devices and
Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices
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Pros
1. Small and compact design
2. USB and Cradle ends are durable
3. Length is adequate
4. Recharges with same cable
Cons
1. Cable retraction weakens over time
2. Sometimes the retracting core moves
off center. This can be manually fixed.
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Classic or Professional keeps you in business
Docs 2004
Rating: ● ● ●
The word processing solution in MobiSystem's OfficeSuite Classic and Professional is
called Docs 2004. It provides an easy-to-use and extremely professional looking user interface; however like SpreadSheet 2004, Docs has a little development ahead of itself before it
can make a serious impact on the current market
leader.
The most recent version of Docs includes
the most frequently used features from paragraph
and character styling to more advanced TrueType
font support and embedding image options. Spell
checking is also supported and ups the ante for
Dataviz by incorporating a Microsoft Word like
interactive spell checker and word complete
helper after just writing the first few characters
of a word. While writing if a word is misspelled
it is underlined in red to indicate it is a suspect word. It can be corrected manually or by a
spelling suggestion through the spell check feature. In addition if you highlight a word and
tap-hold it for a brief second a contextual menu of popular shortcuts for common features
like cut, paste and bookmark are displayed.
However, the first and foremost important feature Docs needs to include is the ability
to read/write and send (as in e-mail) native Microsoft Word files. Docs currently supports
reading native Text and XML documents, as well as saving RTF files to a storage card, but to
compete with the two other leading application suites, Docs must be able to read and create
native MS Word files and offer desktop synchronization for Mac OS X desktop users.
Outside of these must-have features, Docs is an amazing program with the best user
interface for a word processing program that I have yet review. The font display is smooth, resizable on hi-res devices by changing the zoom level that is supported by TrueType fonts and
FontBucket (HandsHigh Software). This is a visual pleasure that Windows Mobile for Pocket
PC users have enjoyed for years and Mobisystems brings it to the Palm OS handheld in
the most appropriate category of applications:
word processing.
SpreadSheet 2004
Rating: ● ● ● ●
The MobiSystems solution to spreadsheets is creatively named, SpreadSheet 2004,
and like Docs 2004 it is as close to perfection
as an Excel compatible Palm OS program can
be without the native file support in terms of direct synchronization. SpreadSheet 2004 current supports a "Save As" option in either XML (Excel XP compatibility) and CSV (Excel 2000
or lower compatibility). Although this method is natively supported on both the Palm OS and
desktop it is not as simple a direct synchronization process like Docs To Go. Spreadsheet will
easily pole-vault over the competition once users have the option of direct synchronization
for Windows and Mac OS users.
The program also brings to the handheld screen a design incomparable to Sheet To Go
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Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
As an additional piece of the
MobiSystem's OfficeSuite 2004 Standard
edition, Paint 2004 has been updated significantly since its introduction to the palm
OS community and seems to have found
an additional purpose in MobiSystems
product line as a powerful, independent
paint program or as an easy-to-use image viewer and finally as the core method
to editing images embedded inside
word processing files for Docs 2004.
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Supporting many of the popular
features in a paint program, Paint 2004
goes beyond the basic primary colors and
paint bucket. You can quickly view native
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Overall Rating: ● ● ●
Price: $49.95 (Standard Edition)
$69.95 (Professional Edition)
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By James S. McCarthy | Expectations for today's PDAs include some kind of desktop software compatibility with Microsoft Office
programs like Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Most popular is Dataviz' Documents To Go bundle which with both Windows and Mac
OS X desktops, as well as the majority of Palm OS handhelds. Dataviz may have the most market share, but that doesn't always make it
the best program. MobiSystems Office 2004 Professional is also a suite of programs for the Palm OS that are Microsoft Office compatible. The MobiSystems package also allows the user to synchronize Word, Excel and Access files to a Palm OS device. The files can be
viewed, edited and created new on the handheld and then synchronized back to the desktop computer. Unfortunately unlike Dataviz'
package the MobiSystem's Office suite is only compatible with Windows desktop computers. Additionally, MobiSystems Office 2004 is
available in two editions: Classic and Professional.
PALM OS
MobiSystems OfficeSuite 2004
and other competing applications as well as an easy to use interface that brings common formulas and styling tools for quick one-tap access. And, similar to Sheet To Go, SpreadSheet 2004 also does not include support for creating or editing Excel comments, but does let the
you read the comments.
With the support of TrueType fonts, SpreadSheet 2004 can dynamically scale the screen as well as you spreadsheet to an incredible
small size or large depending on your needs. This feature by itself is the reason I choose to use MobiSystems SpreadSheet 2004 over Dataviz' Sheet To Go; even though the latter supports direct synchronization on both Windows and Mac OS X desktops.
Other minor features of improvement include multi-platform sync support, comments, and sending files to an e-mail program. Otherwise, SpreadSheet 2004 is a complete spreadsheet program for the Palm OS that also supports exporting to XML and CSV files directly
from the handheld to a storage card, as well as Windows desktop synchronization to a MobiSystems proprietary file type on the Palm OS
(not native Excel at this time).
Agenda
Rating: ● ● ● ●
MobiSystems Agenda is a surprisingly simple and well-designed alternative PIM
replacement application. It not only brings together PIM data and displays appointments, tasks, memos and e-mail, it also has built-in functionality that enhances the typical creation of new appointments, tasks and e-mail (through Microsoft Outlook).
In addition to the typical fields for an event or appointment, Agenda also adds the option to include a picture via Paint 2004, icon and attach a contact. When including contact
information with an appointment there didn't appear to be any way to quickly access the
contact's information. Instead Agenda simply added the contact's name to the description
line of the appointment. It would be more valuable if this information could be used to dial
the contact's phone number or at least open the contact's card within Agenda's Contact List.
The Contact List isn't fancy, rather it's quite generic and basic. Contacts are either
listed alphabetically by last name or grouped by various criteria including company name,
address, city, zip code or country. The opposite column displays information from one of the
built-in Calendar fields like Number or Custom 1. The built-in Address Book on the PalmOne Tungsten T3 actually offers more features.
Similar to the Agenda datebook component, the Agenda Tasks also keeps things simple and basically the same with the added
options to include a picture via Pain 2004, icon and change the text color. However, an improvement over the built-in Tasks application is the ability to set a repeat pattern and alarm. Both features are handy options for those people that easily forget about those small
"check boxes" in an application they only run when it's time to add another task. Tasks are also included in Agenda's Calendar view.
Agenda is a clean and simple to use program like MobiSystem's other applications with professional designed interface; however,
the mail component is not useful for people who are suing SnapperMail,
AgendusMail or an alternative e-mail client. It is also disappointing to
not see integration with the
OfficeSuite 2004 Standard
Do I have to use Graffiti 2 or is there a way to
or Professional editions.
reinstall Graffiti 1 on Palm OS 5?
MobiSystems OfficeSuite 2004 Standard and
What is the question? I just upgraded from a
Professional editions are a
PalmOne Tungsten T to a Tungsten T3 and it has Graffiti
diamond in the ruff providing
2 installed. Is there a way to install Graffiti 1 on my T3?
a refreshing clean, polished
Answer: The short answer to this question
and professional user interface
is yes. Simply locate a device, such as your origiwrapped around a foundanal Tungsten T and then "beam" the following two
files to your T3 using a program like FileZ.
tion that has the speed and
flexibility of becoming the
Graffiti Library_enUS.prc, Graffiti Library.prc
premiere "office" package for
http://www.zansstuff.com/programs/graffiti1.zip
the Palm OS. This is a program,
I don't have a device with Graffiti 1? The
as well as suite of applications
easiest way is to install them onto a storage card
that serious Documents To Go
and then move them using a program like zBoxz.
users need to download, try
Next, Soft-Reset
and keep and eye on, because
with a few more updates
Warning! Do not install the above files directly through HotSync. This will cause a hard-reset
MobiSystem's OfficeSuite
and all data on your Palm OS device will be lost.
2004 will knock the socks of
its competition leaving them
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We assume no liability and you agree to indemnify us for any reason.
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spb Software House's Imageer
brought into the file list, and presented with
thumbnails of the images that Imageer finds
in the location specified in the Show menu at
top-left. The View menu has just two options Slideshow and Properties. Slideshow will start
cycling through the images in the current folder.
Properties is a very information-rich panel,
showing both the file properties - size, location,
and so forth - and the EXIF properties extracted
from the currently-selected image as well.
The file list’s Tools menu has a bit more
meat to it. Aside from the usual chestnuts like
Paste, New Folder and such, there’s a couple of
unique items that give Spb Imageer its muscle.
Create an Album starts the album creation wizard, and it’s a cunningly-executed idea. Albums
are basically a ZIP file with a different extension
(so your other ZIP files aren’t automatically associated with Imageer) to hold images, annotations and such in a convenient package. Send
the file to someone, and all they have to
do is change the extension to .zip to see
everything inside it like any other ZIP
file on the Net. Organizing pictures into
albums makes it easy for proud parents to
show off their children, or world travelers
to show pictures of their latest excursion.
Drop a shortcut to the album file on your
Today screen and you’ve got onetap access!
Publish to Web starts the
wizard that lets you pick, manipulate and publish pictures
to www.fotki.com - an online
photo service offering free or
paid service to users wanting to
show their pictures, or even sell
them. The publish function also
works for those lacking wireless
functionality through ActiveSync
and your host computer’s Internet connection, as well as over
the modem via normal dialup.
While I’d have liked a little more
flexibility in this feature - being
able to configure a different
service or use my own server
- the fact that it’s there at all is a
wonderful thing.
In both the album and
publish wizards, there are a
number of options related to optimizing the images, prefixing the
filenames with dates or custom
information and numbering, or
adjusting image size and quality.
Very handy given the simplistic
and non-intuitive way cameras tend to
name their images.
Next to the Tools button (or the Album button if you happen to be browsing
inside an album) is a button that ought
to be called View instead of the one on
the far left, since it presents the user with
a wide variety of options for changing
the view of the file list. 2, 3 or 4 in Row
relates to the number of thumbnails
shown in the display pane. Choosing
Detailed Thumbnails will reduce that to
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By Brian M. Cook | Once, many years
ago, my grandfather counseled me as to the
secret to success. “Do one thing you love,” he
urged, “and do it well.” Based on that simple
credential, Spb Imageer is a success.
Spb Imageer is a photo-viewing and
-editing application for the PocketPC platform that packs a considerable punch in its
relatively svelte 1.6MB installation
footprint. For that investment of application space, you get a feature-rich
graphics viewer that handles the JPEG,
BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG file formats,
along with basic and essential tools to
manipulate those images all within the
confines of the PocketPC itself. While
it isn’t Photoshop - and doesn’t try to
be - it does surprisingly more than
simply display images.
Installation is a snap, using the
familiar executable-to-ActiveSync
path to get the applications files to
the handheld. During installation, it
also installs a filter on the desktop that
watches for its graphic file formats in
the sync stream. When it detects a new
image being loaded to the handheld,
a dialog is displayed asking the user
if they wish to send the image over
unmodified, or modified in a number
of ways to optimize it for use on the
handheld system. The granularity here
is superb, allowing the changes to be
applied to just a single file, to all in
just that session, or to all files for all
time to come.
But that’s not all. Imageer installs a second filter, this one on the handheld,
which watches for memory card insertions.
On sensing a card with images, the user is
presented with a menu showing some of
common actions Imageer can do - slideshow,
browsing, making an Imageer album and so
forth. Very handy for folks who want to do
some quick field adjustments to digital photos
they’ve just taken with their camera (provided,
of course, that their handheld accepts the
same memory card format as the camera).
Starting the application, the user is
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one per line, but a host of useful information about each image is presented - the
file’s date and time, image resolution,
exposure time and other photo-specific
data. List is just that - a list of the file
names encountered. And lastly, if there
are subfolders - and there usually are in
camera-generated file systems - selecting
Include Subfolders will populate the file
list with every image file the application
can find.
So now that you can find the picture you want to work with... what can
you do with it? Quite a bit, actually.
Imageer is, at its heart, a very fast
and efficient image viewer. It’s powerful and sturdy, too, handling some 10+
megabyte TIFF files downloaded from
NASA with nary a hiccup. Open an image, and you can use either the on-screen
arrows or the hardware D-pad to move
through the other images in memory.
When Imageer hits a larger image that
it needs to think about, a progress bar
displays below the previous image to
let you know to be patient. In testing,
though, it didn’t appear reliably in some
cases, though that could have been a
result of some deliberately-broken image
files used for testing error handling.
When you get to an image needing
some customization, Imageer provides a
streamlined, but effective, tool set to work with.
Tapping the pencil will bring up the Notes toolbar, where you can add notes to an image. Text
notes are displayed in a shadowed font when
viewing the image, which can wash out against
busier backgrounds using the default font settings, but Imageer also provides a custom font
setting dialog which not only allows selection
of font, size and color, but also controls the size,
color and direction of the font shadowing. The
pencil on the Notes toolbar gives you the ability to draw on the image with the stylus, with
customization controls for line thickness and
color. If you make a mistake, the undo button is
the next best thing to an eraser, and gives a fair
number of undo levels so you can go back only
as far as you need to correct the slip of the tip
in question. Lastly, the Speaker icon will allow
you to attach a recorded note to an image.
Powerful as these are, they really come
into their own when working with the slideshow
function. While it’ll never replace
PowerPoint for presentations, there
is something compellingly cool about
being able to add captions, bright red
mustaches and verbal commentary to
the pictures in the slideshow.
Sometimes, though, you need
to change something instead of adding it. The paint palette button brings
up the Editing tooldbar, where some
real magic lives. The Edit menu gives
you basic, but useful commands. Resize lets you grow or shrink an image,
and the ability to unlock the aspect
ratio gives some stretch and skew
ability to the user as well. Rotate left
or right will turn the image - not just
the display of it. Filter gives you sharpening and blurring tools to work with
to fuzz or de-fuzz an image as you
see fit. Adjustments gives you access
to the tools for color saturation, hue
and lightness, as well as direct control
over the individual color channels.
Next to the Edit menu button
are a series of icons: Crop, Red-Eye, Brightness,
Contrast and Auto-Level. Crop lets you use the
stylus to draw a box around the section of the
image you wish to keep, and a simple tap
inside that box discards the excess. Brightness and Contrast present you with a slider to
adjust those properties, or you can simply use
Auto-Level which usually does a fair job of
normalizing pictures taken in less-than-ideal
circumstances.
The Red-Eye filter, though, is a photographer’s dream. When someone’s looking
directly at the camera that’s taking a picture
of them in, the flash can sometimes illuminate
the inside of the eye brightly enough that the
retina is shown through the eye’s pupil. While
newer digital cameras use pre-shutter strobes
of the flash to try and eliminate red-eye, it’s
still a common enough problem that most
everyone knows what it is. Tapping the RedEye icon enables the selector - use the stylus
to box the eyes you wish to de-red, then tap
inside the box. The test image, shown here,
shows one eye exhibiting the red-eye effect,
and the other with the results of
Imageer’s red-eye filter. I was
especially pleased by the way
the eye color was preserved
- most red-eye adjustments
I’ve seen before tend to wash
out the color of the iris in the
process.
The Options panes are a tweaker’s
dream, giving an amazing amount of control
over how Imageer handles. It even has a setting for 12-bit color devices, so older Jornada
users can benefit from Imageer as well as
newer, true-color devices.
Overall, Spb Imageer is one of the most
powerful and intuitive software packages I’ve
encountered in either the PocketPC or regular
Windows world. It’s feature-rich without being overwhelming, and in almost every case,
controls and menu choices were where I’d
expect them to be in an application of this
sort. The only real problem I encountered
was in manipulating one of those giant image
files from NASA; Imageer crashed and, after
restarting, couldn’t display even the simplest
image due to “insufficient memory”.
spb Imageer
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Price: $14.95 (single-license)
www.spbsoftwarehouse.com
Compatibility:
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and use a Mac OS X desktop
How do I synchronize with iCal and Address Book?
By James S McCarthy | The words Mac OS and Pocket PC often go together as well as Apple and Oranges, leaving many Pocket PC and Mac OS users up a tree with no ladder so to speak, or is it up a river without a paddle? Regardless of the expression, a Pocket PC and Mac OS user experience is like biting into a rotten apple until primarily
Palm OS development company, Mark/Space, launched The Missing Sync for Pocket PC, which in many ways is better
than Microsoft's own ActiveSync! (We think that's just because it's on a Mac though to begin with). After a quick install and required restart you're ready to perform the first sync, and similar to ActiveSync
on a Wintel box, no button press is required; just cradle the device and watch the sync wheel turn.
The Missing Sync for Pocket PC supports similar, if not more features than ActiveSync. Many of these features are listed on the right, but what makes The Missing Sync for Pocket PC so good is the experience.
Installing files could be a much easier process if the developers of Pocket PC software
distributed their programs in CAB formats in addition to Windows Install apps (*.exe files). The Missing Sync for Pocket PC supports
installation of native CAB files; however, the larger problem is understanding that many Pocket PC setup programs are built using
the default Windows Install program which is
practically impossible to run on the Mac OS
unless you are using Microsoft's Virtual PC.
Virtual PC will allow you to extract the CAB
files most of the time and then copy to your
Mac OS desktop for a standard install via The
Missing Sync for Pocket PC. The argument
however is if you're already running Virtual
PC, why not just use ActiveSync? The easiest
solution to this dilemma is to contact the
developer for a STRONG ARM (PPC_2577)
version of the file. This .CAB file can then be
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On Connecting, like on many Windows desktop PCs, synchronizing a Pocket PC device is as simple as placing the PDA into the cradle or attaching a sync-n-charge cable. The same is true on a Mac OS X computer that is running The Missing Sync for Pocket
PC. It takes anywhere from 2-5
seconds for the machine to recognize the device, but once it establishes a connection, the iSync
window
pops up
and the
process
begins.
Additionally,
a icon
appears
on the
desktop that allows you to browse the Pocket PC device
like a hard drive, including any attached storage card
as part of the root folder view versus being displayed as
another hard drive icon. Also, another unique feature of how The Missing Sync for
Pocket PC mounts the handheld is that it can be "hot" removed, or simply taken
the cradle without having to remember to properly "eject" the mounted disk first.
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installed with The Missing Sync for
Pocket PC's install tool. It would be really slick if Mark/Space could develop
a Mac OS X
program that
had the magic
to decode
.EXE files,
extract the
.CAB files and
place them
in a folder
on the Mac OS X desktop.
A well known and popular
desktop feature that Windows Mobile
Pocket PC users have been taking
advantage of on Windows desktops has
been the option to mount their Pocket
PC as a hard drive. The Missing Sync
for Pocket PC doesn't miss this feature
either. Once your Pocket PC connects
to the Mac OS X device it is almost
instantly mounted as usable volume.
The volume can opened, read and
saved to. The Mac OS X desktop treats
the volume like any normally mounted
external device, which like mounting your iPod as disk also needs to be
"ejected" through the proper procedure
to ensure that there is not any data loss.
Mark/Space didn't leave a feature
missing in the latest version of the
Missing Sync for Pocket PC. It also includes
integration with iTunes. What this means
is that once your Pocket PC is mounted as
an external device, it will also appear in
iTunes a device which
currently has music
or can be used as a
music source. This
is easily my most
favorite feature of
The Missing Sync for
Pocket PC in addition
to simply synchronizing with iCal and Address Book.
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile
Pocket PC offers more features and stability than Microsoft's own ActiveSync for
Microsoft's own Windows operating system.
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Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Price: $49.95 (includes 4 apps)
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Compatibility:
Palm OS, Windows and Mac OS X
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Do you have a question about your mobile device? Ask our tech-knowit-all for an answer by e-mailing [email protected]
What is the question? Sometimes an invisible file labeled "ignore_my_
docs" seems to mysteriously "show up" on a storage card. This ignore_my_docs
file is zero-size and invisible (cannot be seen from a Pocket PC with File Explorer), but you can see it if you read the CF card from a desktop PC.
Why does this happen? The ignore_my_docs file is created by Pocket PC2002
on a Storage Card that does NOT have a folder labeled ‘\My Documents’. This
is because the ignore_my_docs file is used by all the MS applications (e.g. Word)
to determine where to look for files and where to create files on Storage Cards.
This will only occur in the following cases: 1) Using a Microsoft application (e.g. Word) and you save a file on the storage card and 2) You open Today
Screen settings to change a theme selection and then tap ‘ok’. Even if you haven't
selected a different Today theme the ignore_my_docs file will be created.
How to prevent this? Most likely this file will probably never be created if the storage card already has a ‘\My Documents\’ folder. However, even
though this file is invisible, it has a major influence on what Pocket PC2002 does
with regard to accessing files on Storage Cards. Do Not Delete This File. By deleting Microsoft applications may not be able to find the files on the Storage Card.
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JPG files and
use Paint 2004
as a fairly fullfeatured image
viewer for digital
photos similar to
Splash Photo and
Resco Viewer.
This, for
the most part, is
how you will
be using it even
though it is far
more powerful.
While viewing a
document in Docs
2004 with an
image, the picture
is reduced in size
until you double-tap on it. This action will
launch Paint 2004 and auto-open the image to the original size allowing you to
fully edit it with Paint's powerful painting
features or just view at a larger scale.
When using Paint 2004 as an image
or photo viewer the index of files can be
arranged in four views: 1) small thumbnail, 2) large thumbnail, 3) Detailed and
4) "explorer" like text listing. You can also
tap-hold on a thumbnail preview or filename to display a set of contextual options that allow the deletion to conversion (or export) of image files to other
file formats like BMP, JPG and GIF.
Another amazing feature of the
Paint 2004 that other photo-viewing
programs like Resco Viewer can't do
is view large resolution photos, such
as 640x480 at 100% with scaling or
dithering the photos quality. The only
disappointment using Paint 2004 as an
image/photo viewer is that you can not
"send" the photo via e-mail or IM to other
people like you can with SplashPhoto
or Resco Viewer; however, your editing
options are far more superior. the "Exit"
option while viewing an image is also
confusing because instead of returning
to the image index it actually exits the
program. Changing this to "close" while
viewing an image would be more logical.
Paint 2004 can also be purchased
outside of MobiSystem's OfficeSuite 2004
for $14.95, http://www.mobi-systems.com.
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Aye, ye pirates ... TradeWinds
Astraware delivers another addictive game of
swashbuckling sea combat and trade!
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By James S. McCarthy | Astraware games always guarantee three things: 1)
out of this world graphics and sound, 2) easy to play and/or mind-teasing fun and
3) addictive play; you won't be able to put the game down for hours. TradeWinds
lives beyond each of those expectations with swashbuckling sea combat and greedy
trade! It doesn't take long to get involved in the 19th century far east adventure,
TradeWinds. The idea of the game is easy to amass wealth through trading or piracy. If you choose the trader insider you it will involve a bit of strategy and touch
of action when it comes time to fight the pirates, and if you choose the swashbuckler then get ready to fire some cannons from behind that black eye-patch.
What I love about Astraware games is that the graphics always knock me off
my chair, pushing the Palm OS and Windows Mobile for Pocket PC to absolute highest degree of quality. Most recently, Astraware has also include supporting sound files
that enhance play and the overall experience to something like playing a mini X-Box
in the palm of your hand. Each port in Tradewinds detailed and colorful. By tapping
on a building or stack of boxes will show more about the object in addition to highlighting it yellow and displaying a short title, such "empty warehouse" or "port authority". A summary of the character information is also displayed just above the window to the TradeWinds world. The character panel shows a small picture of what you
(your character) look like along with how much money you have in your pocket, in
the bank and out on credit with the moneylender (who is not a very friendly person).
Also shown is the city you are exploring, the date of the adventure and an image
that when clicked sets you sail in the open waters which can surprise at any time!
The first time I tried this game I have to admit that I played it for only about
10 minutes and skipped through all the narrative screens. That was a BIG mistake — take the few minutes to read the beginning screens and then start playing. The overall experience will be much more satisfying because you will better
understand the characters and story line. But if you're like me and don't have
the patience the premise of the game is to attain as much wealth as possible in
the shortest amount of time. The main characters include: Douglas McGowan,
a successful trader who recently fell on hard times, Petra Gale who is a only
child of notorious South Sea pirates, Madame Tso who is the boss of a prosperous merchant fleet and notorious Goassamer who is the brigans for the Far East.
Tradewinds features (as posted at astraware.com):
• Four distinctly different trading cities plus a secret location to discover
• Interact with Inn Keepers, Port Officials and Ship Builders
• Fight pirates on the open seas and collect bounties for sending them to
Davy Jones’ Locker
• Purchase, repair and upgrade your fleet
• Save game and auto save features so you never
need to lose your game position
• Play the game at your own pace!
It’s your adventure, you choose how to play it and how quickly or
long you want the adventure to last. Like most astraware games, TradeWinds
is well worth the money spent for quality handheld entertainment.
What I love about Astraware
games is that the graphics
always knock me off my chair
... [and are of the] absolute
highest degree of quality.
TradeWinds
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ●
Price: $14.95
www.astraware.com
Compatibility:
Palm OS, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC
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By Ricki L. Zunk | What do you get when you cross the word games Scrabble
and Boggle, and then computerize the result? You get Bookworm! It’s simple to
download; easy to learn; and fun to play. Mental agility, NOT manual dexterity is
required to play. For those of us who want games that don’t require great hand-eye
coordination, spectacular graphics or sound, Bookworm provides a challenge. Available at PopCap.com, Bookworm would most certainly appeal to folks who like to
play games such as Alchemy and Bejeweled!
Bookworm can be played in two modes – “classic” (played at your own pace)
and “action” (played against an unseen clock). If my experience with Bejeweled is
any indication, the more I play the “action” version of Bookworm, the better I’ll get
at it, and eventually the action version will become my first choice to play. Then
again, the classic game presents the greater challenge to construct longer words with
higher point values.
While Bookworm games are so simple that the player can figure them out
without help, there are some rules. Unfortunately, they’re not easily found. I would
much prefer (with any game), and option called “Rules” or “How to Play” where I
could click and find a 1, 2, 3… list of rules and/or explanations. For now, “hints”
appear as pop-up boxes during the game (an option that can be turned on or off).
Sometimes during a game, one or more tiles will “glow” green or yellow. This
is a good thing. Use those tiles in a work, and the value of the word increased more
(think colored squares on a Scrabble board). But sometimes a tile will start to “flame.”
Use the flaming tiles quickly to keep the flames from spreading. Unused flaming
tiles will shorten your game play time. Imagine the added urgency this causes in the
“action” version of the game!
When I play computer games, I play against myself (trying to better my own highest
score) and/or against the clock. To do this, all I need is a running score total, and possibly
and indication of time remaining when applicable). During a game of Bookworm, when
one reaches predetermined point levels, a large box drops into the screen to tell you:
the number of the level you’ve completed; the rank you’ve achieved at that level;
your highest scoring word; your longest word; and next rank attained at ____
point.
And, finally it asks you if you wish to continue playing the came in progress. Personally, I don’t want or need all this detail or interruption during the game. This is an option
the player cannot control (as one can do with other options in the game).
One feature I really do like in Bookworm is that the player can stop the game in progress, leave the program completely, and
then reopen the application later on to find the game saved from the point it was interrupted. At that point you may chose to resume that game, or you may opt to discard the
“old” game and start anew.
Bookworm
As with Bejeweled and Alchemy, high scores are recorded (as are “longest word”
and “highest scoring word”). The “Hall of Fame” records highest scoring games as they
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
end. If desired, the player may go online to post their scores along with others who have
Price: Online versions free; Palm OS
chosen to do so. It’s not my thing, but some people will want to do that.
and Pocket PC ($14.95), Windows
Countless PC users spend untold hours playing Solitaire on their computers. It’s
desktop Deluxe ($19.95)
a “no brainer” kind of challenge. Bookworm is as simple as Solitaire to play, but unlike
Solitaire, it makes one think. How good are you at word games? Give Bookworm one
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a shot. Try it. I think you’ll like it!
WINDOWS MOBILE POCKET PC
As simple as Solitaire to play
SYMBIAN OS
CodeVault, working to protect
your personal and corporate data
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By Robin Andrews | In this day and age, security has taken center stage in the IT arena. With all of the Melissa viruses and hacks
into major companies such as Microsoft, everyone is becoming more and more paranoid about personal and corporate data.
When it comes to PDAs specifically, security is usually the last thing that users think about, even though PDAs are becoming
more and more commonplace. End users wind up using PDAs as an auxiliary brain, keeping all of their important and confidential
data stored on it. Well, what happens if someone walks off with it? Users will lose all of that information and wind up on the phone
for hours canceling credit cards, changing bank accounts, and anything else they may need to worry about. Why not stop this? And
what about smartphones and cellular phones? How are users supposed to secure their personal information on them?
For the Symbian OS, the answer is Code Vault by Epocware.
Code Vault acts as a database for all types of personal information. With Code
Vault users can store passwords, charge card information, travel info, insurance policies,
online shopping accounts, software keys,
and anything else that
is needed.
It has several built in categories
to help new users enter in their infor-
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mation. These categories and associated icons are: bank accounts, calling
cards, credit cards, internet service
providers, online shopping accounts,
passwords and software keys. If a user
doesn’t find a category that matches
what they need, Code Vault allows
users to create their own category as
well as an associated icon.
Users can also export Code
Vault databases to the file (CSV, TXT and HTML types are supported). This file can be copied to any PC with the help of PC suite. Code
Vault uses the built-in database encryption algorithms by built into the Symbian operating system and is locked by a personalized
username and password.
Installation of Code Vault follows the standard install procedures for most Symbian applications. From the PC, connect the
Symbian device, in this case the Nokia 9290, to the PC. Launch Nokia’s PC Suite. Start the PC software Install software and select
the application (.sis file) to install. Confirm to install the application in the phone. Select target drive (phone memory or Memory Stick
Duo). Download to the phone begins.
Using Code Vault is fairly intuitive. The initial setup is time consuming to due the
amount of data that will need to be inputted into the database. If a user was to ever have
CodeVault
any problems using Code Vault, there is an online Knowledge Base to use, an FAQ and
a support e-mail address to contact.
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Code Vault is a good way to store personal information on a Symbian based device.
Price: $19.95
It is easy to use and secure enough for most users to breathe a sigh of relief.
url, nokia-9210-software.epocware.
Code Vault is available from Handango or Epocware’s own web site, http://nokiacom/Code_Vault.html
9210-software.epocware.com/Code_Vault.html for $19.95.
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handy software for the iPod and Mac OS X
iPod It!
Rating: ● ● ● ●
iPod It! is an application for the Mac OS X platform that can do a lot for your iPod.
With iPod It! Mac OS users can transfer events, contacts, mail, notes and tasks from Microsoft’s Entourage directory to an iPod. I’m not an Entourage user, but I am sure this will
excite many others. But for those iPodders who aren't riding the Microsoft train you can also
perform the same operations using Apple’s collection of information management programs: iCal, Address Book, Mail and Stickies (yes, I said stickies). However, the fun really
starts with iPod It’s "web services" features. I hope to see some of these features expand from
the current News and Weather to include such web items like RSS feeds, movie listings,
TV guide and . Also included are three other utilities: sync, clean and eject which for the
most part are self-explanatory. The "clean" option will remove any of the iPod It! data previously copied to the device - very handy for recovering disk space if necessary - and the sync
exchanges data and eject makes it safe to remove the iPod from the attached computer.
As soon as the iPod is connected to the Mac OS X desktop it starts up and sync's the information. In addition, the application, such as Mail, that iPod It! is syncing also automatically start. This includes iCal. The only downside to this automation is that
those programs launched to fetch the most recently data, don’t auto-quit themselves once the synchronization is complete.
All in all iPod It! rocks! and if you’re an iPod fanatic with the inkling to get a little more out of this amazing device and are also a Mac OS X user, then download iPod It! - it’s worth the $14.95 shareware fee.
iSpeak It
Rating: ● ● ● ●
Stop for a second and think about this: You're packing for a business trip,
or maybe vacation, and remember that you didn't get a chance to read this mornings news headlines or your favorite RSS feed and you even forgot to check the
weather of where you're traveling. So right before the final zipper of your suit case
is pulled closed you fire-up iSpeak It and connect your iPod; everything is neatly
converted into an AIFF file and synched to your iPod for “listening to” later.
You can convert various document types including Word, PDF, text, RTF, HTML,
and AppleWorks (required to have AppleWorks program installed) files. For other files
it will default to text processing in an attempt to provide the document in a format ready for conversion. HTML tables tend to not work very well so if there is a cleaner text-only/mobile version available use that instead. Another
thing to check into before converting and running is the "voice" that will "speak" the
text. After 10 years Apple is still using some of the original MacSpeak voices including
Zapptek iPod Tools
Fred and Victoria. I would recommend using the voice that you can understand best.
I love using iSpeak It every now and then because it is a unique and very iPod
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ●
way to deliver daily news events, weather, and even listen to monthly work reports (if
Price: Varies per program
you really have to). Since it supports the majority of file types that you might think to
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convert to audio, including RSS feeds like pocket Anywhere's own feed at http://www.
pocketanywhere.com./rss.xml, then iSpeak It will turn out to be your best friend.
Compatibility:
The interface is bare-bones-simple to use. It has two basic sections: 1) a set of
Mac OS X and iPod
icons that let specify more detailed information for each of iSpeak It's services or to
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By Adam Purcell | Lately, my iPod is as valuable to my music as my PalmOne Tungsten T3 is to my calendar, however with
all the cool software programs for my iPod I’m not sure which I more frequently back-pocket these days, the iPod or my T3.
iPod It!, iSpeak and iPod Launcher, by the Zapptek developers (http://www.zapptek.com) and help make a
more compelling argument that the iPod isn’t just for music anymore. Of course you can also see this with the recent release of the iPod Photo device. Realistically though, the iPod doesn’t have any method of text-input so it’s
best for read-only notes, events and music, but it's breaking new ground with each new generation.
Apple iPod
iSpeak It, iPod It, iPod Launcher
Apple iPod
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select a file for audio conversation and 2) a preview window that
displays the text. The text displayed
could be news headlines, weather
information or Microsoft Word file.
At a first glance and quick
run-through iSpeak It is easy to use,
fun and I hate to admit it a world
of unproductive gizmos, it’s actually very useful for people with
busy schedules whom don’t get
a moment to rest their feet until
it’s time to shutdown for the day.
Check it out if you haven’t already:
http:/www.zapptech.com. Registration is only $12.95 through Kagi.
Take unlimited photos
with only 1 memory card
The Belkin Digital Camera Link
Move photos off your digital camera and onto your iPod
By James S. McCarthy | When I travel I like to travel light and with the number
of gadgets I tote around it is easy to loose small memory cards. When I bought an iPod
to consolidate music into a single device I knew it was capable of storing more than
music and as that thought swiftly blew over head Belkin had already tapped into the
iPod's popularity and power by introducing
The Belkin Digital Camera Link (DCL).
Similar in design to iPod itself,
the DCL transfers photos from a digital camera to an iPod (not mini) with
the push of a button. Setup is simple.
There is no software that needs to installed. Just plug in the digital camera's
USB (1.1) connector into the DCL and
snap the dock connector from the DCL
into the iPod and you're ready to go.
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Tracking the progress of the transfer is also extremely easy and if you're
the type that doesn't remember what all the blinkies mean, then Belkin conveniently
imprinted a LED/color legend on the back of the DCL. For the most part all you need
to remember is green is good and red is not. Blinking is transferring and solid is not.
Once the transfer is complete the iPod can be disconnected and used as originally
designed by Apple — to listen to music with those trendy white earbuds with Griffin
Technologies EarJams (review on page 34) snapped on. Your digital camera's memory
card is now ready to be erased and filled back up with more photos. This why the DCL is
the most valuable accessory I take with me while traveling next to my toothbrush. I don't
have to worry about carrying (or misplacing) small postage-size memory cards in addition to only needing to travel with one large capacity card, around 128MB for today's
standards. The card stays in the camera
so it is always safe and ready to go.
Belkin Digital Camera Link
The photos can be retrieved
from the iPod by connecting it to
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
any PC or Mac computer via the
Price: $79.95 at belkin.com
iPod USB or Firewire cable, as well
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as the "use as a drive" option has
been previously enabled on the
Compatibility: iPod w/dock connector
iPod; this is done through iTunes.
Does not work with iPod-Mini. Owners
The DCL is so simple and straightof newer iPods should contact Belkin
forward to use that I could instruct my
support for information on how to
6-year old to transfer photos. The only
upgrade a previously purchased DCL.
obvious gotcha's are 1) there is no way
Pros
to automatically erase the photos on
1. Compact design, dock connector tucks
the camera after being transferred by
into casing for streamline look and feel
the DCL and if you own a 4th genera2. Instructions imprinted on case back
tion iPod order through Belkin direct
3. Works with mass-storage cameras
because there is firmware update
needed to work with the 4g click-wheel
Cons
iPod's. Generation 3 iPod's should work
1. Does not also charge iPod or camera
with current retail chain inventory.
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iPod Launcher
Rating: ● ● ● ●
Just connect your iPod and watch
the iPod Launcher magic begin. iPod
Launcher is super-cheap system preference
panel for Mac OS X that automatically
launches applications and Apple scripts
whenever you connect an iPod to your
Mac; it does not matter if "Disk mode"
is enabled or not. Why is this cool?
Imagine the possibilities! Backup a
specific file or folder, keep a folder synched
between your Mac and iPod or archive files
and folders to your ipod using TAR compression (sample AppleScripts provided).
It is a easy and cheap way to backup files
while extending the usefulness of your little
music player. Of course those with smaller
iPod's say the 15/20GB or Mini's won't be
able to store as much data as the current
40GB and recently announced 60GB iPod!
The interface is a no-brainer. View
the System Preferences and click on the
iPod Launcher icon. A familiar looking
screen will show up. Clicking the "+"
(plus) symbol will add a new application
or script to launch, clicking the "-" (minus)
symbol will delete it. Really, it's that easy.
iPod Launcher is $4.95 through Kagi.
2. LED lights are difficult to see in daylight
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Apple iPod
Contour Design's Showcase 4G
Protection for your click-wheel iPod
re-
By James S. McCarthy | Apple's iPod has everything: brains, looks and a great figure. The only flaw it
possibly has is an extremely scratch prone acrylic finish. Don't be surprised if within hours your brand-new
$500 iPod has scratches up and down its backside and a few looming over the LCD display. So save yourself
a couple of tears and order Contour Design's Showcase 4G (also available for other
iPod models).
The Showcase 4G protects your iPod from those unnecessary scratches and
accidental drops that no delicate piece of gadgetry like Apple's iPod are meant to
experience on their own.
Picture left (top): The Showcase 4G opens like a
book. It is fairly easy to figure out how to place the iPod into
By James S. McCarthy | The minute
the case; there is an obvious front and back as well as top after I snapped Griffin Technology's EarJam's
and bottom. The Showcase completely covers the iPod on all onto my revolution starting white Apple earsides except for the click-wheel and port access. Port access buds my iPod experience changed forever;
includes the headphone jack and hold button as well as the it now rocks louder and clear than ever!
dock connector. You can easily connect a cable through the
The EarJams acoustical improvement
Showcase, however, the iPod will not sit the cradle while in is unbelievable. The bass is also boosted and
the Showcase. This really never caused an inconvenience for the overall sound of the music is amazing.
me since I dedicate cradle use to at home through my stereo This is because the EarJams fit directly into
system where danger is not a foreseen issue.
your ear focusing the music to the location it's
Picture left (middle): Outside of a fabulous design that needed and not trying to entertain the people
makes the case and iPod one with each other, the Showcase around you like Apple's standard white earalso includes a reversible and removable belt-clip. It is nice buds do. In addition, they also cancel a lot of
to have the option to remove the belt-clip and place the surrounding noise; you can actually sit in a
iPod/Showcase on a desk and not have it wobble. It is also room of screaming kids and hear the smooth
convenient to be able to flip the orientation of the belt-clip music of that "Sounds to Relax You" CD.
attachment so the hold button and headphone chord is facing
This is because the EarJams not only
front, yet sometimes facing to my back is nice when I have boost the bass, sound and output they also
the headphone threaded under a sweatshirt or jacket.
make the earbuds more comfortable to wear.
Picture left (bottom): As you can see from the illustra- Shipped with two sizes of ear plugs, small
tion found at Contour Design's web site (http://www.Con- and large, most likely one or the other will fit
tour Design.com). The Showcase is made with two layers great for you. In fact, many people who have
of protection. The outside layer is a hard impact-resistant purchased Apple's In-Ear Headphone have
plastic and the inside is constructed from soft, non-slip and reported that the Griffin EarJams fit better as
shock absorbing rubber. This will protect your iPod from well as sound better for more than half price.
mild bumps and soft crashes, but there is not
It's amazing that an iPod accessory
actual data available measuring the force of so simple in design, small in price and stylimpact an iPod can withstand while inside ishly designed can change the way your
the Showcase. I adore my iPod too much to iPod sounds; you'll hear you iPod with
put my own through stress test and basically an entire new dimension of sound.
use the Showcase 4G whenever I travel (by air,
The EarJams can be purchased oncar, bike, scooter, etc), whenever the kids are line at Griffin's web site for $14.99.
nearby (for liquid and sticky-finger protection)
and if I need to pack the iPod in a suitcase and
EarJams
stow-away for travel.
The most frequent place I use my iPod
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and the Showcase is while walking or running.
Price: $14.99
This is because of the simple and very stronger
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belt-clip. It is easy to put on, but is a tad difficult to remove sometimes. For this reason I
Showcase 4g
Compatibility: Apple White Ear Buds
use the Showcase religiously when walking,
riding, skiing, etc. with my iPod and highly
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
recommend this case.
Price: $32.95
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You can buy it online at http://www.
www.contourdesign.com
contourdesign.com for $32.95.
Griffin Technology's
Ear Jams rock-n-roll
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CASES & BAGS
What's in your pocket?
Waterfield's one size fits all wallet
review section
By James S. McCarthy | It's made to
carry cash and credit cards, but when I first saw
Waterfield's modern wallet on their web site
(http://sfbags.com) I knew right then it would
make a good PDA case for my iPAQ h4155;
I was right. Not only is the Waterfield Wallet
compact it also spacious on the inside providing plenty of room for 5/6 credit cards, cash
and a PDA. It also worked well with PalmOne's
Tungsten T3 too.
Lets start with design. Waterfield has built
its reputation around a retro feel with a modern
twist. They primarily design and manufacturer
bags for laptops, the Apple Powerbook/iBook
line in particular and so the design's tend to reflect
the Apple crowd which I personally find appealing.
Of course I use a PowerBook G4 and iPod too. Speaking of
which
the iPod also
squeezes tightly
into this wallet but you
can not fit more than a couple of dollars and maybe
one credit card (note: Waterfield also has a case for
the iPod).
Perfect in size, 4.25 inches by 3.5 inches, the Waterfield Wallet is
made out of either Indium or leather. In case you're confused, Indium is
actually known as a metallic element with the symbol “In” and atomic
number of 49. It is used in the manufacture of transistors and as a bonding
material for acoustic transducers. In this case the term "Indium" is being
used to describe a pattern. The wallet has a metallic look however the fabric used is a ballistic nylon. Leather is also available with an
accent of Indium along the bottom. A locking zipper wraps around half of the wallet to ensure nothing falls out, unless of course you
leave it unzipped.
Inside the wallet are two pockets. These pockets store items like credit or business cards, cash and receipts. The
center of
the Waterfield Wallet is slightly oversized, leaving room for more, perhaps a PDA or small
cell phone. This was not Waterfield's original design for the space in the middle,
but from a handheld user's perspective it works great for the gadgets. At times I have used
this space to carry a sync-n-charge cable, my iPod headphones (with Griffin Technology's
EarJams, review page 34) and of course a PDA. The hp IPAQ h4155 worked the best because of its slim size whereas the PalmOne Tungsten T3 fit but zipping the wallet closed
took a little work and unfortunately you could not keep it your back pocket.
In light of this new use for the Waterfield Wallet it would be creative if a new edition
included small pockets for Secure Digital (SD), Compact Flash or other memory cards.
An upgrade like this would still keep the product focused on its original design use, but
Waterfield Wallet
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Price: $15 (Indium) $19 (Leather)
www.sfbags.com
Compatibility:
hp iPAQ 4155, PalmOne Tungsten T3
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By Gary B. Garland, Esq. | APC is known for their power supplies. So how does their TravelPower briefcase help you get more from
your Pocket PC? Well, you’ll just have to read on, now won’t you?
I had a chance to try out the APC briefcase. It has a couple of James Bond features to help tame your power hungry devices while
on the road.
And that’s okay - no need to be a target with a huge “Targus” sign, that translates to “computer inside, steal me.”
With the APC case, your mobile equipment is traveling undercover.
The heart of the “system” is the APC power adapter, which tucks nicely into it’s own pocket. This clever device takes plugs for
wall, car, and plane use. There is a small output dial on the top where you “dial in” your notebook computer’s appetite, from 15 to 20
volts. Just read the included chart or your notebook’s adapter for the right setting. Then you use the correct plug (again, read the chart)
and you’re done with the thinking part of the setup.
The adapter also includes USB power output. You can plug your USB charging
cable directly into it, or use the included splitter to simultaneously charge two devices
- say your Pocket PC, and your cell phone. (I had to spring $1.99 for a retractable USB
charge cord on e-bay, and already had a sync/charge cable for my lil’ buddy).
Your notebook sits comfortably in it’s padded compartment. Snake the charging
cable from the adapter’s compartment through a special opening and large grommet,
and your notebook is powered/charged within the case, or usable while the adapter is
still in the case. While writing this article in my wife’s van, I opted to take my notebook
20 out and type with it on my lap (driver’s seat) while the case and adapter are on the
passenger’s seat - nice and comfy! (This reminds me of my Juice review, where I was
also in a car. The APC differs from the Juice in that you use standard USB chargers. The
Juice was auto-configure, and per iGO, their peripheral charging is faster than USB).
If while on, your notebook pulls more power than the rated 75 watts, it will
supply what it can, in attempt to extend your battery time, and built in protection will
temporarily shut the charger should it overheat.
The case also has a clever semi-pocket for the power cord - just unzip a couple of inches, and the 2 sided mini-pouch allows the
power cord to leave the case without opening the rest.
The many pockets within help you feel like inspector gadget. There are separate pouches for the adapter, and two more devices,
such as a Pocket PC and a cell phone. There is a small mesh compartment at the bottom, snugged with velcro, to tame your wires, and
channels with elastic loops to keep wires where they belong. Personally, I think the elastic should be a bit bigger or more adjustable, as
it was a bit of a struggle to put the wire connectors through. Likewise, the puny Pocket PC compartment didn’t hold my iPAQ 3975 with
case - I had to remove the case to allow the 3975 and CF sleeve to fit. The cell phone pocket has an opened bottom secured by a Velcro
strap, and I would have liked something similar for the Pocket PC compartment - it would have facilitated charging. There was plenty of
room for every Pocket PC accessory I own, and then some!
As an aside, APS now has a portable wifi router that fits within the Pocket PC pocket, allowing you to have portable Wi-Fi access
powered by the case. Cost is roughly $60 for the unit.
The rest of the case is first rate - solid ballistic nylon, and nice zipper pulls, help complete the package.
The APC case with triple charger sells for $129 - compared to the price of the Targus
Charger alone, or the iGo Juice, this is a steal, and a combination I recommend for any road
APC
warrior. The nylon case holds 1300 cubic inches. There is a plethora version available, 1000
cubic inch capacity for $99, and a new backpack version with a 1900 cubic inch capacity
TravelPower Briefcase
for $119. The empty bags weigh a hefty 5 to 6.5 pounds, depending upon version. It is my
understanding new rolling versions will be available shortly.
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The only downside is the increased weight from the charger, (2.2 pounds!) However,
Price: $49.95 (includes 4 apps)
if you took along chargers for your notebook, phone, and Pocket PC, and car and plane
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adapters as well, you’d probably tip the weight and financial scales.
This case has just replaced my Targus leather for my notebook and portable needs.
Compatibility:
Even if you’re only a moderate road warrior, if you are looking for a case for your notebook
Palm OS, Windows and Mac OS X
and Pocket PC and peripherals, you should check this one out.
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The case is a typical looking black ballistic nylon case that won’t get a second glance.
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for iPAQ h4155
grips enhance comfort. There
are very few cases for h4155
that do not add more bulk to the device and for
me this is an important feature because my appeal
for the h4155 is the slimness and the Clear Case
provides a level of protection while not sacrificing
the reason I bought the h4155 in the first place.
The JavoEdge ClearCase is $23.95 and can be purchased
online the JavoEdge web site (http://www.javoedge.com).
JavoEdge ClearCase
for hp iPAQ h4155
Overall Rating: ● ● ●
Price: $29.95
www.javoedge.com
Pros
1. Clear; easy to read screen
2. Wraps around entire PDA
3. Molded around buttons
4. Firm closure all around PDA
Cons
1. No easy way to dismiss alarms
2. Does not fit with a cradle (iPAQ h4155
cradle is optional accessory)
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By Adam Purcell | Cases and screen protectors are today's must have
accessories for any handheld or mobile device owner. JavoEdge, a web retailer
of PDA related accessories, has a great selection for numerous PDAs, including
a clear case for iPAQs h4155 Windows Mobile Pocket PC. The case completely
encloses the handheld protecting it from numerous elements including small spills,
dust and rain and flips 180 degrees so it is flat against the back of the handheld
for easy holding. It's also a clear-case mold that makes it easy to grab a quick look
at an alarm's notice and enhances the manufacturer's polished silver design.
Because the JavoEdge Clear Case is molded just like the handheld itself, similar to
Vaja Cases I-Volution products, it fits the PDA like a glove and doesn't add much to the overall feel when holding which makes it less
bulky than other case solutions. This makes it feel as if you are carry the PDA itself in a pocket without the added padding of a case.
The plastic shell is durable enough to withstand short drops and bumps, but is not shock-resistant and the hinge area could use
a little more reinforcement. Currently, the case can actually be separated into two pieces by squeezing the hinges into each other. In
my opinion this joint
needs to stronger to
prevent accidental
"pop-offs" which would
overall create a stronger
product for the price.
So of the
challenges around the
hinge area however
include providing
areas for access to
the stylus, headphone
input and Secure
Digital (SD) slot. All of
which are important
to the user and are an acceptable trade-off for a little durability surrounding the hinge area.
The design of the JavoEdge Clear Case product is obviously for functionality and appeal. The clear case enhances the
product's overall look, the 180 degree flip cover makes it easier to hold and use
while in the case, the cut-outs provide necessary access and the textural side
CASES & BAGS
JavoEdge ClearCase
STYLUS & ACCESSORIES
The Best Laptop Stands BarNone!
RoadTools CoolPad and Contour Design's
NoteRiser
By James S. McCarthy | There comes a point at which a handheld
device just can not deliver the same power or visual experience as a laptop.
And within the world of laptops is a whole new universe of accessories,
including RoadTools CoolPad. The CoolPad is a unique laptop stand that offers
multiple angles through "risers" similar to
Legos® and the best feature I have yet to
see in a laptop stand - a swivel base.
The risers are similar to Legos® in
that they snap into each other. The more
risers stacked, the steeper the angle the
laptop rests at. Each CoolPad ships with 8 risers and 4 top caps. The top
caps are similar to a riser except include a rubber-pad on the top for the
laptop to rest on. This is a great idea and interesting alternative from the
typical "kick-stand" method. The only problem is that these "risers" get lost
easily — just like Legos®. During the first month of evaluating this product I lost 50% of the risers. They either fell out my Crumpler (http://www.
crumpler.com) messenger bag or in my case a small child in the house
thought they actually were Legos®. I probably would have lost less of them
if they were taller. Of course this limits the flexibility in angle, but for the
review section
By James S. McCarthy | Is it for look or
function? Either way at $99 the Contour Design NoteRiser better be a work of art that can
do more than sit and look pretty; and, it does.
The NoteRiser is very unique in how it transforms the simplest laptop stand into a fashionable
and ergonomically
solution for mobile
travelers. By approaching the laptop
stand from a different
perspective of use,
the NoteRiser raises
the screen to a more
comfortable viewing
position while keeping itself sturdy and
sexy as well as slim.
Looking at the
photos below you 22
might
most part the CoolPad's unique and buying-worthy
be wondering how in
the world this product
feature is not the clever Lego®-like risers, but the
keeps the laptop
stable in such a radiability to swivel the
cal upright position?
The answer to that is
laptop 360 degrees.
in the compact and
In addition to the swivel,
amazing design.
the stand is also small and thin
When turned
making it easy to slide into a
upside down, the NoteRiser (figure 1) unfolds from
laptop bag, including those
an ultra thin storage position. Pulling it towards you
ultra-thin laptop cases, right
releases the notched adjuster. This rectangular piece
next to the laptop itself.
sets how steep
The risers can be stored
you
in hopefully an acwish
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companying gadget
too
bag like Waterfield
angle
Which one do I buy? Whichever fits your needs best. The CoolPad works well in meetings
Design's iSight or iPod
the
that you find yourself turning your laptop frequently to show other people the screen. The
pouch (http://www.
lapNoteRiser works best if your sitting in a stationary position for a prolong period of time.
sfbags.com). If not,
top.
the top, rubber-padThe
Contour Design NoteRiser
RoadTools CoolPad
ded risers can still be
steepattached to the CoolPad
er
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
during transit and do
you
Price: $99.95
Price: $29.95
not add much bulk.
angle
www.contourdesign.com
www.roadtools.com
For more
, the
information on the
more
RoadTools CoolPad, visit the web site at http://www.roadtools.com.
the notched adjuster will be brought forward. If there
is one design flaw in this product it would be that
there is no place to hide the excess adjuster or a way
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laptop stand we have come across to review here
at Pocket Anywhere Magazine. From the photo
above you see how thin it really is, folding up to
roughly the size of Sports Illustrated but thinner
and lighter; not too mention better looking.
If you think $99 is a lot of money for a laptop stand then you are right. However, there is no
other laptop stand that compares in design, durability and ergonomic functionality. In this case the
higher price tag is affording Contour Design the
research for such as unique and quality products.
It comes with a 1 year warranty from original date
of purchase and a 30-day money back guarantee.
For more information about the NoteRiser visit
the web site at http://www.contourdesign.com.
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Volume 3. Issue 3
DeLorme GPS
Earthmate with Bluetooth Kit
By James S. McCarthy | In today's fast-paced high-tech world, GPS devices have advanced just as quickly as the handheld/mobile industry in terms of
versatility so it is no surprise that GPS devices like DeLorme's Earthmate GPS is
smaller, faster, more accurate and can be interfaced with desktops, laptops and
PDAs using old-standby cable or for those more on the bleeding-edge of technology, DeLorme also offers an inviting and powerful Bluetooth PowerPak.
The DeLorme Earthmate GPS isn't just a GPS device, it is a system.
There are so many ways to connect this GPS to mobile device that before
diving into its world a brief overview of how it works and with what is almost needed. Before you slap down the credit card and buy one of these
killer toys here are a few basic things you should about the Earthmate.
First the Earthmate GPS system can be used stand-alone with a USB cable
for connection to laptops or with an optional Bluetooth PowerPak (shown below).
For handheld users, the Bluetooth
PowerPak is the best solution. It lets
the GPS communicate with other
Bluetooth devices like handhelds and
also power the GPS module with
a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
or with 4 AA batteries. Both pieces
are sold separately or in a bundle.
The other handheld option
to use a serial cable that connects
the device. However, the standard
PowerPak (does not include Bluetooth) will need to be used as a
power source because the handheld
does not provide power to the GPS
module, not even through a cable.
This is good and bad. It is good since
power on the handheld will only
be used for the handheld, but is bad
because the PowerPack adds more
bulk to the overall "GPS package" where as other competing Bluetooth GPS device
like the EMTAC Crux II are much smaller and also work with handhelds and laptops
that support Bluetooth (internal or through USB). DeLorme has responded to this
by recently introducing a new sibling to the GPS family, the Earthmate Blue Logger
GPS. The Blue Logger is smaller, self-powered and more portable for handheld
users (see page 45). The Blue Logger ships with the same software, DeLorme Street
Atlas for Handhelds 2005 and also
works with DeLorme's TopoMaps
DeLorme Earthmate GPS
making it a pretty versatile choice if
you're looking for small, light and
with Bluetooth Power Kit
portable where as the Earthmate
GPS with Bluetooth PowerPak is a
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ●
better choice for the road warrior.
Price: $239 (includes DeLorme
The software shipped with
Street Atlas for Handhelds 2005)
the Eartmate GPS works with Winwww.delorme.com
dows desktops only, as well as Windows Mobile for Pocket PC devices.
Compatibility:
See page 61 for more ...
review section
issue is while traveling and using the NoteRiser in an
airplane or other tight quarters. It works great with a
seat tray because unlike traditional laptop stands that
require the same
depth of the
laptop, the NoteRiser actually
uses less depth
and instead
takes advantage
of height.
For
safety of the
laptop, Contour Design includes small Velcro® squares to
attach to the NoteRiser and bottom of the laptop.
However, during testing these were not used and
even in the highest position the laptop only moved
when bumped. It rested on the collapsible feet
tabs like there was no weight on them at all.
Besides using the NoteRiser as a portable laptop
stand, another common use is setup the laptop in a
"desktop" orientation. This means to raise the screen
to a more comfortable viewing position and using
the laptop with an external mouse and keyboard (see
image above). This creates a very easy-to-use and
ergonomic solution when using a laptop, which is
12 designed for the "lap" in a position that is designed
for a "desk" and one of the top reasons it worth
the $99. No other laptop stand brings the screen
to your eyes to help prevent a sore neck from the
slight bend that your neck requires to usually view
a laptop's screen on any other laptop stand, including RoadTool's CoolPad (review on page 39).
Another feature of the NoteRiser that makes
it well worth the $99 price tag is its size. It is amazingly thin and compact, not to mention the lightest
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Konfabulator ...
Your Mac OS X (& Windows) desktop
exactly the way you have always dreamed
review section
By James S. McCarthy | If you
have never heard of Konfabulator for
Mac OS X (and now Windows) then
this is the one article in this entire
issue that you need to read. Konfabulator is hands-down one of the most
useful and creative programs I have
found for Mac OS X which is also now
available for Windows PC users too!
What is Konfabulator? Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine
for Windows and Mac OS X that lets
you run little files called Widgets that
can do pretty much whatever you
want them to. Widgets can be alarm
clocks, calculators, can tell you your
Wi-Fi signal strength, will fetch the
latest stock quotes for your preferred
symbols, and even give your current
local weather. -Konfabulator.com
It is a knock-out application that
after using once you will want to use it
every time your computer reboots. This
is because not only are the widgets
simple, small and can be customized; so they are useful. The widgets
do more than pretty up your screen,
they liven up your work environment.
Getting started is simple;
download the program for either Mac
OS X or Windows XP, install it and
visit the Konfabultor Widget Factory.
Konfabultor itself is the framework.
There are few preferences for the
program itself that revolve around the
Konspose. The Konspose wipes your
desktop clean and displays all of the
current widgets running. It is helpful for showing specific widgets only
when Konsponse is activated, but
necessary to view or use widgets.
After installing the Konfabultor engine and
double-clicking
the program icon to launch. The widgets
last opened will start loading on the desktop with exception to those selected to only
display in Konsponse and a Konfabulator control icon will appear. On Mac's it
will appear in the menu-bar and on Windows it will appear in the system-tray.
The Widget Factory
What really makes Konfabulator absolutely fabulous are the hundreds of widgets
created by other Konfabultor users that are
free to use making the only real cost to using
Konfabulator is registering the Konfabultor engine itself. Widgets can be anything
from a simple Bubblet game or Biorhythm
to more advanced functions like controlling iTunes, searching the web from your
desktop, displaying battery use to weather
radar maps and 5-day forecasts. If you think
of it, you can do it with Konfabulator.
In the above screenshot there are a
dozen widgets running. Most of which are
running in a normal mode which means
they stay put when clicked on unless a
Now Available for Windows
modifier key is also used. However some
widgets are actually part of the desktop,
such as the large photo of the Boston Red
Sox player. The only way to move this widget (which is simply a photo) is to first enable the Konsponse. And yet other widgets
such as the time and battery meter actually
float above windows and current applications and can freely move around the screen
without having to
use a
modifier key.
Konfabulator can be anything
to anyone and is easily customized by
downloading any of the widgets. Try it
out — you'll register it in a heartbeat.
Konfabulator
Overall Rating: ● ● ● ● ●
Price: $25
www.konfabulator.com
Compatibility:
Mac OS X and Windows XP
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Christmas is coming. Share this list with your friends and family.
more GADG ET GIFT IDEAS comin g soon!
*prices rounded to nearest whole dollar
GRIFFIN EARJAMS
http://www.griffintechnology.com
$15
GRIFFIN iTRIP
http://www.griffintechnology.com
$35
$129
APPLE AIRPORT
EXPRESS with AIRTUNES
http://www.apple.com
XM RADIO XM2GO
http://www.xmradio.com
$349
$399
APPLE IPOD 4G
http://www.apple.com
PALMONE TUNGSTEN T5
http://www.palmone.com
$399
VIRGIN MOBILE SLIDER
http://www.virgin.com
$99
$10
SWISS MULTI-TOOL KEY
http://www.multi-tools.com
$15
JAVOEDGE SYNC-N-CHARGE
http://www.javoedge.com
(review on page 21)
speci al issue will be availa ble online Decem ber 2004
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*prices rounded to nearest whole dollar
TRADEWINDS
http://www.astraware.com
(review on page 28)
$20
GTS RACING
http://www.astraware.com
$20
$20
BOOKWORM
http://www.astraware.com
(review on page 30)
SPB IMAGEER
http://www.spbsoftware.com
$30
HANDMARK WARFARE, INC.
http://www.handmark.com
$15
BUSKER
http://www.electricpocket.com
$20
$45
CAUSERIE
http://www.causerie.com
(review on page 23)
$10
EREADER PRO
http://www.ereader.com
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Geocaching - a primer
for outdoorsmen with PDAs
A brief history on Geocaching
When, geocaching was prompted by an official act by President Clinton on May 1st,
2000 when the United States stopped the intentional degradation of the Global Positioning
System (GPS) signals available to the public.
Who, A GPS enthusiast named David Ulmer
hid a small container near Portland Oregon
a couple days later. By the end of the week it
had been visited a few times; most notably by
Mike Teague, who began documenting his finds
on a GPS newsgroup. The phenomenon was
called “GPS Stash Hunting.” By July 2000, the
newsgroup postings had evolved into a web
site run by Teague and Jeremy Irish, who coined
the term “geocaching.” Today that site (now
run by Irish) has become geocaching.com, and
is regarded as the “go-to” site for the hobby.
What, Geocaching is the “sport” of hiding and/or
locating small treasures or “caches” with a few written clues and, most importantly, GPS coordinates.
How, The cache is often a few trinkets relating
to the individual who places it, a memo pad and
pencil, and possibly a few small pieces of candy,
coins, or some other “treasure.” These
are usually placed
in an air-tight
container -- most
often Tupperware
-- and hidden in
some out-of-theway place. The ultimate hiding spot is well-concealed; a hollow
log, a space under a large stone, a crevice in
a rock, etc., and is a challenge to discover.
The Basics, Like a novice hiker would start
with the ubiquitous “nature loops,” the novice
geocacher should aim for the easiest caches
for the first few go-a rounds. And just as hiking is (usually) more fun with a friend, so is
geocaching...in fact, you’ll probably need a
“helper” for your first searches anyway. The
first timer should avail himself or herself of
every clue -- called “stash notes” -- and look
at any “cheats” offered by the cacher: Photos
of the site, description of the container, etc.
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Where to find
geocaches
in your neck
of the woods
By James S. McCarthy | You have the
GPS, the PDA and pumped up to find yourself some treasure, but don't know where
to look? There's a whole of tree's, rocks and
dirt in your neck of the woods so how do
you narrow to a few feet? Browse
on
over to Geocaching.Com,
enter your zip code and click on a cache. Yes, it is that easy.
What you do with the information depends on how complicated you decide to make it.
Geocaching.Com offers is free to browse and download basic LOC files which
are basically nothing more than small files containing longitude and latitude coordinates. If you subscribe as a Premiere Member for $3/month you can schedule Pocket
Queries as well as download GPX files. Pocket Queries automatically search for new
caches in your area on a daily basis and can installed to your Palm OS or Pocket PC
handheld and then viewed using MobiPocket's Reader. GPX (GPS eXchange Format) files include more data then the original geocaching.com LOC file. The additional
data includes information about the cache such as hints, clues and descriptions.
Desktop Tools
Online resources for geocaching and taking
maps and cache with you on your handheld.
MacGPSBabel
GPSBabel converts way points, tracks, and routes from
one format to another, whether that format is a common
mapping format like DeLorme, Streets
and Trips or download to a Garmin
or Magellan GPS.
MobiPocket Reader (for reading
Pocket Queries)
As a Premium Member of geocaching.com you can download custom
queries of geocaches and synchronize them in eBook format.
GPX Spinner
A Windows OS shareware application that can convert
GPX files to iSolo and Plucker format.
GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife)
All in one application that allows you to manage GPX/LOC
files, upload to your GPS, and convert to various other
formats. Uses GPSBabel as the back end.
Other Online "Getting Started" Resources
Using a Pocket PC for geocaching
http://www.pocketpcmag.com/_archives/nov03/geocaching.asp
Using a Palm OS for geocaching
http://www.palmsource.com/interests/geocaching/
Where to find cache's in your area (by zip code)
http://www.groundspeak.com
What the hec is geocaching? A Beginner's Guide
http://www.factsfacts.com/geocacher.htm
And, what are
Travel Bugs?
By James S. McCarthy | A
Groundspeak Travel Bug is a trackable
tag, typically metal with a unique
number engraved on it that you attach
to an item you leave in a cache. The
Travel Bug becomes a hitchhiker that
is carried from cache to cache by other geocachers and
its journey can be
tracked online at
geocaching.com.
The fun
of the Travel
Bug is coming
up with new goals for it. Whether
the goals are simply to travel a
certain or the world they are yours
to create and geocacher's to fulfill.
Travel Bugs aren't free
and can be purchased online through geocaching.com
for sport or just collectible.
Handheld Tools
Windows Mobile for Pocket PC and Palm OS software programs for geocaching
Geocaching with EMTAC's Geocaching on Palm OS
Bluetooth CRUX II/BTGPS with RayDarr's GeoNiche
By Adam Purcell | EMTAC’s CRUX II/BTGPS is the world’s
first Bluetooth GPS (Global Positioning System) that exchanges
GPS data with a Palm OS v3.5 through 5.0 device, Pocket PC
2000/2002, Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or laptop computer
(98/ME/2000/XP) without wires and within a 30-foot range.
The design and construction of the CRUX II/BTGPS is outstanding; innovative and cutting-edge. It’s cased in a light-weight solid
black plastic measuring 50(W) x 90(L) x 17(H) mm and weighs only 60
grams. Inside is a built-in high sensitivity GPS active antenna, and built-in
rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery with 5V DC input charging circuit (650 mA)that runs
about 6 hours in continuous
mode. There are three LED
status light indicators: Bluetooth status, GPS connection
and power-level. There is also
a small on/off slide-switch, an
input for external antenna and
A/C or D/C power adapter.
Two oblong rubber feet
keep the device secure on a
vehicle dashboard or other
smooth, slippery surface. The
device serial number is also
located on the reverse side of
the CRUX II/BTGPS. In addition, there is a small loop on
the top of the device where
a lanyard or wrist strap might
be attached that would make
the device easy to carry while
hiking, but is not included in
the box nor available as an
accessory through EMTAC.
According to the EMTAC web
site, the accuracy of the CRUX II/BTGPS is 10m, RMS, 25m CEP
without SA including 12 Channels all-in-view satellite tracking. Additionally, the average time to establish a minimum satellite fix for different GPS conditions should be around these:
Connection time between the Tungsten T Palm OS device and
the CRUX II/BTGPS was about 20 seconds in a cold state (power-on
continued on page 57
By James S. McCarthy | The main difference of geocaching with a Palm OS device
over a Pocket Pc or a Garmin handheld is the
software. GeoNiche, by RayDarr LLC, can be
used as nothing greater than a compass or as a
full-featured geocaching toolbox complete with
tracking, logging and
GPS functionality for the
casual or outgoing geocacher; which ever might
fit your hiking shoes.
Pocket Anywhere
Labs tested GeoNiche
with multiple GPS devices including DeLorme's
Earthmate GPS with Bluetooth PowerMate, EMTAC's CRUX II/BTGPS
and NAVMAN's Tripmate. In most cases GeoNiche connected quickly
and without much configuration. DeLorme's earthmate was most difficult to establish a connection and the EMTiny Stock's NAVIO for
TAC's CRUX II/BTGPS
Windows Mobile Pocket PC
was lightening fast.
Once conFor Windows Mobile Pocket
nected the average
PC geocacher's Tiny Stock's Navio
geocacher can simply
provides an easy to use and full-featured experience while geocaching.
use the default navigaIt doesn't do anything fancy with
geocaching.com's LOC or GPX files
tion setup to locate
(version 2.2.1), but has one of the
most graphically sophisticated user
caches or customize
interface's for GPS navigation that
GeoNiche including
Pocket Anywhere Labs has tested.
In addition to the standard
screen color to buttons
compass and map views, Navio
also includes a 3-D satellite
assignment. Howsignal strength status (shown at
right) that can be displayed using
ever for the serious
columns for signal strength and
geocacher GeoNiche
circles for satellite representation. While viewing the "map" a set
has all of the necesof tools appear in the lower-right
corner of the screen allowing the
sary tools with lots of
options to: expand to full screen, free
pan with stylus, zoom in and out
customizing features.
as well as add way points or load
a map. Maps are BMP, GIF or JPG
The navigation
images stored on the Pocket PC.
view will require much
Read pocketanywhere.
of your attention while
com for a full review in the coming
months.
For more informageocaching. It provides
tion go to http://www.tinystocks.
com.
Navio
is $24.95
a real-time compass
and overlayed pointer
indicating which direccontinued on page 48
More Software Programs
VITO Navigator II (SHAREWARE)
http://www.vitotechnology.com
CacheMate (SHAREWARE)
http://www.smittyware.com/palm/cachemate/
Geocaching Hint Decoder 1.0 (SHAREWARE)
http://myweb.cableone.net/jcparry/setup.zip
GPSBabel converts way points, tracks, and routes
from one format to another, whether that format is a
common mapping format like DeLorme, Streets and
Trips or download to a Garmin or Magellan GPS.
As a Premium Member of geocaching.com you
can download custom queries of geocaches and
synchronize them in eBook format.
All in one application that allows you to manage
GPX/LOC files, upload to your GPS, and convert
to various other formats. Uses GPSBabel as the
back end.
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GI
For those not familiar with MARGI Systems, they are best known for their presentation products using wired, wireless, through
various media formats. MARGI hit a home
run in the handheld market with the release of Presenter-to-Go for the Handspring Visor. This product
allowed users to make presentations from their Visor
handhelds using the Springboard slot on the device.
This peripheral transformed PDAs from Geeky Gadgets
into business presentation tools. From the Springboard, MARGI
expanded the Presenter-to-Go line to support Palm OS Devices with Secure Digital expansion, Sony Clie (Also Palm OS) Devices with Memory Stick expansion, and
Pocket PC Devices with Compact Flash and Secure Digital expansion capabilities.
No Bluetooth?
MA
R
So what is Presenter-to-Go?
Presenter-to-Go is a presentation system that allows the user to project and make
presentations from the Treo 600 through the Secure Digital expansion slot. From this
slot, an adapter is inserted to hook up the phone to a compatible projector. Presenta-
Present with PowerPoint
DataViz SlideShow To Go
tions are then navigated from the Treo through the Navigation Pad, the stylus and touch
screen, or through an infra-red remote control that comes bundled with the system.
Presenter-to-Go lightens the load considerably since the user only needs to
bring their Treo phone, this kit, and the projector to be used for the presentation. No
more logging around a laptop and the limitations of being next to the laptop when
making presentations. Presenter-to-Go frees up the presenter considerably.
After installing the bundled software, Presenter-to-Go installs a set of handheld applications and a desktop component that
allows users to send Power Point Presentations from the desktop and converted them
into a format to be used on the Treo. In
addition to Power Point, users can print
any item and have it sent over to the Treo.
So if one would like to add a web page,
an excel spreadsheet, and a page from a
pdf file to a presentation, they can. This
gives considerable flexibility to the presenter in terms of the material they can
use. To send a non-Power Point file, the
user just needs to select Print As from the
drop down menu in their respective windows application, and then select Presenter-to-Go as the printer. From here, the
page/document is sent over to the Presenter-to-Go desktop and cued for
transfer. Quite simple to use and quick to get up and running.
While making the presentation, the user can view their notes or the slides
that are being projected. A great feature for the current version of Presenter-toGo is the ability to use a pen on the Treo’s screen to making emphasis on certain points, or to illustrate points on the slides during the presentation.
Besides the Presenter Application, MARGI Mirror is an additional application a presenter has at their disposal for presentations. What MARGI Mirror does
is project the contents of the Treo’s screen through the projector. If the user has
the Mirror application activated, they can display a Documents-to-Go File, their
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No Problem.
Logitech's Wireless
Headset for Treo 600
One of the very few design challenges of the Treo 600 is that it makes for a large
phone to be placed by the ear when using
it. A possible solution for the size would
be a Bluetooth wireless headset. Because
the Treo 600 does not come equipped with
Bluetooth, that option is not available.
Enter in the wireless headset by Logitech.
Logitech created the wireless headset
for phones that do not support Bluetooth
communication capabilities. This headset
plugs into the 2.5mm headset jack on the
bottom left hand side of the Treo. Attached
to this cord is a transmitter that extends
about 2 inches. This dongle is probably
the only drawback of the headset design.
But considering that the signal needs to be
transmitted, the belt clip that accompanies
this transmitter helps tremendously. If you
have the PalmOne Treo Case with the belt
clip, the belt clip for the transmitter dongle
can be placed right alongside the Treo’s
belt clip without it getting in the way.
The headset clips on behind the ear rather than on the
ear. From the earpiece, a
microphone boom
extends and
pivots to a
comfortable
position for
the user. A
small button on the
boom is used
to turn the
headset on/off
and to answer and
hang up phone calls.
Another great feature of this headset is the ability to control the earpiece
volume during a conversation. It is a
soft rocker button with a plus and minus
symbols to increase and decrease volume
respectively. In addition to changing the
volume, the user can mute the microphone
be pressing both buttons at the same time.
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dle application and project it to make illustrations during a presentation.
Some improvements to this presentation suite would be the following:
The ability to have presentations re-sized when converted. Currently, the
user has to reformat Power Point Slides to a landscape format to fill the screen.
Screen transitions. As it stands, only static presentations are transferred
over regardless of the transitions made on the desktop. While the presenter
is not best served with the endless transition possibilities available, some minor transitions would be nice to have. In all fairness to MARGI, this is more of
a limitation of the OS and screen resolution they are using then on their technology. They have been able to make this work on the Pocket PC side.
Other than what I suggested for improvement, this presentation suite is the best
on the market. I have had the opportunity to observe MARGI as a company and how
they have responded to the needs of presenters and they have not disappointed.
Extra Treo Points go to MARGI Systems for lightening the load even
more by making Presenter-to-Go Treo compatible. If you make presentations and
have a Treo 600 phone, this is a must have. One suggestions to future presenters using this product, turn off your phone before making your presentation!
ies. They come packed in a cleanly
designed case that doubles as a charger.
iewer
V
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Resco Viewer
resc
Resco has become one of the few developers to turn out applications for both the Pocket PC and
Palm OS at a world class level. Their picture viewer is
at this level and works nicely with the Treo 600.
The Resco Picture application has two components, a
desktop and handheld applications. On the desktop, users
can create photo albums from their photo collection to be
transferred as whole album or as individual pictures. For this
review, I didn’t need to consult the manual to put an album
together because the desktop application was so intuitive and easy to use. After creating
an album, the user can then que it up to be transferred to the Treo. It is suggested that a
Secure Digital card be used due to the potential size of the albums created. After the user
chooses the appropriate location, the album is transferred over in the next Hotsync session.
Once the album is transferred
over, the user can find it and view it
using the intuitive, “Explorer-Like”
interface. And with Resco being responsive to their customer’s requests,
Picture Viewer is Treo 600 compatible. This means that the user can
navigate the folders using the navigation pad. From the navigation pad,
the user can view pictures/albums
transferred to the device/card, pictures
taken with the Treo’s built-in camera.
My personal usage of this
program allows me to run slide
shows all from the navigation pad,
using the menu pull-downs, all
without the need of a stylus.
If you want an
easy to use album creator and picture viewing suite for your Treo, look no further than the Resco Picture Viewer. I have no suggestions for improvement because it works so well
on the Treo and is one of the easiest programs to use for the Treo.
It takes about 2-3 hours on the initial
charge and it lasts on average of 6-7
hours talk time and 10 hours standby.
The obvious question at this point
is how good is the reception? From my
usage (4-5 hours per day) the signal was
clear and audible with occasional issues
when the battery was going low. The
transmitting distance was up to 10 feet
with a noticeable change in reception.
The only improvements I would
like to see made in this product would
be to have a smaller transmitter that
would be able to clip onto the treo a
little better. By eliminating the dongle
cord and the additional belt clip, the
usage of this product would make for
a better experience for the user.
While this headset was not designed specifically for the Treo, it still
scores on productivity by getting rid of
the wired earpiece and allowing the
user some freedom of movement. For
my usage, I access applications such as
Agendus and Documents-to-Go while
on a phone call with a client to look
up specific data they might need.
Who says you can’t multitask on
the Palm OS? Even with the workaround
for the transmitter, this is an outstanding product for those looking for a
wireless alternative in using their Treo
600. In addition to this wireless headset, Logitech has a superbly designed
Bluetooth headset that has received
accolades throughout the world for
design, reliability, and reception quality.
I like many Treo users are anxiously awaiting a Bluetooth enabled Treo
to take advantage of this technology.
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tion to travel to the currently active target
(or cache). The information bars on the top
and bottom, along with the four soft-buttons can be customized to show various
tracking and/or GPS information as well
as programmed for specific functions such
current satellites tracking and their ID. Many
other GPS oriented programs like CacheMate
and SolusPro include this view which is no
more useful than the view GeoNiche provides
under the "GPS" menu titled "Initialization";
pictures of little satellites are just prettier.
simply back to camp. Targets do not have
to be connected to a route and can be
quickly filtered through the "Target" view
to include non-route caches (or targets).
GeoNiche offers more than what I
have scratched in features, function and
reliability. In addition to the Palm OS
program, a separate cross-platform Java
program, EasyNiche is also included and
runs on both Windows XP and Mac OS.
EasyNiche 1.13
Converts geocaching.com GPX,
LOC and CSV files into a Palm OS database file. It works with a single file or
more than one file at a time. For the advanced user, EasyNiche conversion infor-
as turning the GPS connection on or off or
switching through the various views. The
number of features and functions available
to try out is numerous and well thought-out
for geocaching or just using GeoNiche as a
GPS monitor. The only view missing would
be a "Sky" or "Satellite" view showing the
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The process to customize these areas
require no more knowledge then highlighting text and tapping on the screen.
Another useful function of GeoNiche
is creating routes. A route tracks the direction and GPS coordinates while you are
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Amy Zunk
seconds
90
with CEO
Managing Editor
Pocket Anywhere Magazine
Howard
Tomlinson
7:00am Wake up, logon to home network,
check e-mail, sync latest information to
Palm Tungsten C, sync information to Nokia
6610 using PC Suite from Nokia, load up
new tunes on iPod via Anapod Explorer,
read web site stuff.
8:00am Use GPS to map fastest route to
step-son's elementary school and then drive
47.8 miles to work. (Try not to speed)
PA: What is your company's product
line? HT: Astraware creates entertainment
- simple as that! We focus on what we enjoy
most, which just happens to be games. We
now have over 50 titles,
covering different game genres. I’m pretty
sure that for anyone with a Palm who would
consider playing a game, we’ve got a game
they’d enjoy.
Drivetime- Use cell phone to make business
calls. Plug iPod into Belkin FM Transmitter
and play through car radio.
PA: What is your company's main demographic? HT: Our demographic is very
broad and the common perception is that
game players would be young (18-30)
males, and while this is true for some of our
games, the majority of our games appeal
to a wider audience. Our word games for
instance are very popular with people who
like a bit of a mental challenge, but not as
much as doing a crossword.
9:00am Get to work. Check ShadowPlan
on Palm OS for major projects that need to
be done for work. Check To-Do List for the
day. Upload new news to Pocket Anywhere
web site. Place iPod headphones on and
turn on music of the day.
5:00pm Time to go home. I might have
run errands on my lunch break, depends on
what the agenda and To-Do list have to say
as well as if my husband called my on my
cell with any last minute errands.
Drivetime- Use cell phone to make business
calls. Plug iPod into Belkin FM Transmitter
and play through car radio.
6:00pm Get home, check e-mail, sync
latest information to Palm Tungsten C, sync
information to Nokia 6610 using PC Suite
from Nokia. Work on PA stuff. Work on
METROCON projects (check Tungsten for
any new information). Work either on
laptop on porch or in my home office with
either laptop or Tungsten, all via wireless.
If I am testing any new products, play with
them on my Tungsten C, Nokia 9200 or
iPAQ 3765.
1:00am After working half the night and
having to take care of household stuff (dinner, stepson’s homework, etc), it's time relax
and play some Bejeweled while listening to
RUSH on my iPod.
of Astraware
PA: New products on the horizon? HT:
Dozens! On the immediate horizon are
Tradewinds - a sailing and trading game
set in the far east, and Zuma, the hit action puzzler from PopCap. We’ve also got
people literally frothing at the mouth waiting for Zap! Evolution, a whole generation
forward from Zap!2000.
PA: Where do you see your company in
the future? HT: In the future, we’re expecting to carry PDA, Smartphone, and even
some PC products. In five years its hard to
know exactly what the industry will be like,
but you can be fairly sure that converged
devices will be more common than they
are now. We see a number of technology
moves in that direction that open up some
very interesting new possibilities for mobile
gaming, and we have research going on in
that direction already!
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Handheld maintenance —
do you know how to give your PDA TLC
By Jen Edwards | PDA
maintenance is an important
task to which most people
don’t pay enough attention, and that can
cause real problems. The device itself may
cost anywhere from $99 to $599, which
is a sizeable financial investment, but the
data is also very important. Having the
right strategies in place can ensure that
you get the most out of your handheld, no
matter if you have a Zire 21 or a high-end
Sony Clie.
First, make sure that your device is
physically protected. Most likely means,
keeping it in a case of some kind. There are
varieties to choose from made of neoprene,
leather, aluminum, and other materials. A
good case should offer protection against
drops and hold the handheld securely. An
expensive case won’t help too much if it
springs open too easily. Other physical
protection options include screen protectors, screen cleaning kits, and making
sure that your stylus is completely free of
foreign debris that could potentially scratch
the screen.
Screen protectors are made of a
thin plastic and are designed to adhere to
the screen and provide a barrier between
the delicate screen and the stylus. They
are available from a variety of vendors,
including Brando Workshop, NuShield,
ARM Station, and JavoEdge. Screen cleaning kits or cloths are a good idea as well,
since keeping the screen of your handheld
device clean prevents the stylus from picking up any grit as you write on the screen.
Pre-moistened screen cleaning wipes are
also sold for this purpose, or a commercial
glass cleaner can be used if it is sprayed
onto a paper towel, not directly onto the
handheld screen. Unless the screen is very
dirty or smeared, a microfiber cleaning
cloth is likely the best solution.
Second, make sure that the data on
your device is protected. That means that
a solid backup strategy is in place, that
important personal information is hidden
from prying eyes, and that your software
is completely up to date. Backing up is
one of the most crucial components of
PDA maintenance, and the first step it to
sync your handheld device often. The syn50
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chronization process ensures that all of your information is current and includes both a
information is on your desktop computer as phone number and an e-mail address. If your
well, which will be critical if your handheld is handheld is found, it is more likely a good
ever lost or stolen.
Samaritan will return it if they know how to
It is also a good idea to backup the con- get in contact with you.
tents of the handheld to a memory expansion
Finally, check to make sure that your
card, if your device is equipped with an SD or critical handheld applications are completely
Memory Stick slot. Right Back Up from Stand up to date on at least a quarterly basis. Not
Alone Software, BackupMan from Bits n’ Bolts, every developer or company regularly notiand BackupBuddy VFS from Blue Nomad are all fies registered users of software updates,
quality products that can make it much simpler and you could potentially be missing out on
to recover from a hard reset without even having important bug fixes and/or new functionality
to sync your device to a desktop computer. It is that may not cost you a cent.
also important to note that the computer itself
Handheld maintenance doesn’t require
should also be backed up on a regular basis, too much effort, but it does require just a little
at least weekly.
planning. Protect your handheld physically
Information security means that the sen- by storing it in a case when not in use, and
sitive personal data on your device should be consider using a screen protector and screen
protected from unauthorized viewing. Since cleaning cloth. Protect your data by backing
handheld devices are by their very nature ex- it up regularly and keep it private through the
tremely portable tools, they can easily be lost use of a security application to ensure that
of stolen. Instead of keeping credit card and your handheld investment pays off regularly
bank account numbers, e-mail passwords, and for a long time to come.
server log on information in the Memo Pad,
Jen Edwards, A.K.A PocketGoddess,
invest in a password
application that offers strong encryption. Good choices
include Passwords
Plus from Dataviz, PDA SafeID
By James S. McCarthy | Amazed by the clarity of this product
from Handmark,
that is unparalleled to any other similar product, I thought “This is a
and SplashID from
product that needs to be reviewed”. However, PalmOne (and their
SplashData. Each of
Public Relations people, A&R) are not responsive to our evaluation
these applications
requests so I must thank my friend for his eval donation.
includes both a
The Screen Protector Multipack is good. It’s sold at a reasonPDA and a desktop
able price and also packaged with two “credit card” style applicators
computer interface,
that don’t leave streak marks that some real credit cards produce
allowing for quick
and also includes a small shammy for cleaning the screen before
data entry and reapplying the protector. I was also impressed with how PalmOne
trieval. A simple
created a product that can be used by many of its popular handheld
and free safeguard
devices. They did this by printing a template on the back of each
that every handscreen protector that represented the screen size for various devices.
held user should
Supported devices include: Tungsten T3, T, T2, E, Zire 71, 72, 21,
take advantage of
31 and original Zire, the m100 / m500 Series, Tungsten W/C and
is the security apthe Treo 600.
plication built in
The only part of cutting down the protector for your specific
to their handheld
device that isn’t emphasized enough is that all devices with excepdevice. Setting a
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Fun and interesting
things to do with
your Apple iPod!
By Adam Purcell | Apple's iPod is more than a digital juke-box. What makes the
iPod the best isn't the Apple brand, or the trendsetting white earbuds — it is what it can do
beyond music, beyond contacts and beyond being simply cool. Here are a few examples.
1. Import photos from your digital camera directly into your iPod using Belkin's Digital
Camera Link (review page 36) 2. Play music through your car stereo using Griffin's iTrip
(review online, Reader Code: 1234) 3. Plug your iPod into a set of computer desktop speakers
and use it as an alarm clock next to your bed 4. Using iPod It! (Mac OS X) backup folders
from your Mac to your iPod every time you connect 5. Synchronize your iCal, Address Book
and Stickies to your iPod (Microsoft Outlook for PC users) with software tools
(search ipodlounge.com) 6. Use as a voice recorder with Griffin's iTalk 7. Play
"Name that Tune" using the music on your iPod (see your iPod's game menu) 8.
Listen to a book in bed 9. Use your iPod as a flash light with the backlight screen
or the Griffin IBeam (also works as a laser pointer) 10. Put your iPod in "Disk
Mode" and use as an additional hard drive 11. Download and "read" a hyperlinked version
of the United States Constitution 12. Access your iPod from where using the Internet and Red
Chair Software's Anapod eXtreamer (http://www.redchairsoftware.com/anapod/) 13. Present
your next PowerPoint presentation with your iPod Photo using iPresentIt! (http://www.apple.
com/downloads/macosx/ipod_itunes/ipresentit.html) 14. How about synchronizing your RSS
news feeds directly to your iPod with Pod2Go (Mac OS X) 15. Copy MP3/AAC files from
your iPod to your Mac with iPod Rip (http://www.littleappfactory.com) 16. Why "read" news,
weather or other documents on your iPod when you can "listen" to them? Convert news,
weather and other documents into MP3 files and send to your iPod with iSpeak It! 17. Play
your music on any Windows PC with PodPlayer (iTunes not required) 18. Change songs using
Keyspan's Express Remote 19. Listen to your iPod while camping with Altec Lansing's inMotion iM3 Portable Audio System 20. Place in the dock on a bookcase and display
it as a piece of art 21. Save your
On The Go playlists (system
software 3.0x required) 22. Create a "Flip Book" movie with
your iPod Photo by importing single-frame
sequential photos 23. Take a photo of you
and your
iPod
around
the world
and email it to
ipodlounge.
com 24.
Share
it with
friends.
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From out of nowhere emerged Dell
with three marvelous Axim X50 handhelds with
more speed, memory and Windows Mobile 2003 SE
not to forget one hec of a great price to boot
By John Ohnstad | From out of nowhere Dell has emerged as a major player in
the Handheld Computing world. The Axim
X5 brought dual-slot expansion capabilities
into a sharp looking package and created
a following among first time and long time
Pocket PC users. The X3 line brought integrated Wi-Fi into a slimmed down handheld
for those seeking a lighter means of handheld computing without sacrificing power
or expansion. The X30 series improved on
the X3 form factor with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, increased processor speed
(624 MHz) and the latest operating system,
Windows Mobile 2003 SE.
So, this brings us to the latest release
from Dell, the X50 series. The X50 is a
completely new form factor, bringing back
dual-slot expansion (SD and Type II CF),
dual wireless connectivity in Bluetooth and
Wi-Fi, VGA resolution (X50v only) and a
graphics accelerator (X50v only) all packed
into a small but very stylish casing that would
blend in nicely with a Bang & Olufsen media
center.
Initial Impressions...
The X50 series comes in three flavors,
the standard X50, the X50 mid, and the
X50v. The casing of these devices definitely
put them in a class by themselves. Specifications always improve but rarely do you
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see a little bit of style added as well. The look
of this device has a black gloss casing on the
front of the device accented by silver buttons
and silver casing around the edges. The back
side of this device is black plastic that is easy
to grip and hold.
All Axims in the X50 family come
equipped with the latest version of Windows
Mobile (2003 SE), Pocket Outlook, Pocket
Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer,
Windows Media Player 10, and Dual Expansion (SDIO & CF Type II). From these
initial specifications, the devices break
away from each other in meeting needs
of specific users.
Hardware differences between the
devices are the
following:
Different Devices,
Who Will Use
Them?
resolution is that through the device’s connector users can make presentations directly
from the device. An application that comes
with the X50v is a simple application called
Mirror. Mirror allows the user to project the
contents of the device’s screen through a VGA
cable. Dell has this available as an add-on
for the X50v when placing an order through
their web site. Be looking for a review of this
in the not so distant future.
Axim X50
Specs at a glance
X50v
If you are
considering a
purchase of a
Portable Media
Center, I would
highly recomm e n d g iv i n g
this device a
look. The resolution of this device gives tremendous clarity
to pictures and video files. And through the
use of Windows Media Player 10 (Desktop and
Handheld), users are able synchronize their
content from the PC to the device (in memory,
built-in storage, or on expansion cards).
The line between handheld productivity
and entertainment has been severely blurred
with the release of the X50v. Windows Media
Player 10 for Pocket PC has brought an array
of features in library management, playlist
management, and being able to view album
cover art! For users who like to use Microsoft
Photo Story, those files are also compatible with
Windows Media Player for Pocket PC.
Another great benefit of having VGA
Axim X50 416 MHz
416 MHz processor.
64 MB SDRAM
64 MB StrataFlash ROM
Integrated Bluetooth
Axim X50 520 MHz
Integrated Bluetooth
Integrated Wi-Fi (80211.b)
64 MB SDRAM
128 MB StrataFlash ROM
(92 is usable as built-in storage)
Axim X50v
VGA Resolution (640 x 480)
624 MHz processor
Intel 2700G multimedia accelerator
with 16 MB video memory.
64 MB RAM
128 MB ROM
(92 is usable as built-in storage)
Integrated Bluetooth
Integrated Wi-Fi (80211.b)
X50 520 MHz
The X50 shares many of the bells and
whistles that come with the X50v. While the
device does not fall back on performance.
The 520 MHz processor while not the highest performing on the market, it still performs
admirably for this device. This device has
a snappy responsiveness when moving between multiple applications.
Windows Mobile 2003
The display is a QVGA screen that resembles that of
the X30 series. The colors are bright and vivid. Overall,
this device packs quite a bit features an options for the
user who may want power but not so much in terms of
entertainment.
Productivity and power are what come to mind when
using this device. For the sales professional who wishes to
make presentations, an adapter from MARGI Systems that
would plug into an expansion slot (either SD or CF) would
lighten the load of a laptop when travelling.
This device is also a great upgrade path for a user who
has a device like the Axim X5. With integrated connectivity, the user is now freed up to take full advantage of dual
expansion with larger sized Secure Digital Cards or even a
high capacity Micro drive.
X50 416 MHz
The X50 416 rounds out the X50 line with a great value
of features. It includes all of the features of the X50 minus
a slightly slower processor, 64 MB of StrataFlash ROM, and
Integrated Bluetooth
(no Wi-Fi). For
$299, a user would
be hard pressed
to find all of the
features that come
with this device.
I see the type
of user for this device as road warrior that is looking
to be productive
and uses their device as a laptop
replacement. The
wireless connection of this user
would be driven
by using bluetooth
either through their
computer at home/
office or through
their mobile phone
service through a
data subscription
plan. With the
availability of hotspots, many users
do not want their
i n t e r ne t a c c e s s
confined to these
spots, this device
would work nicely
with a bluetooth
enabled phone for
web and e-mail
access.
Overall,
Dell has raised the
Which Dell Axim X50
is right for you?
Dell Axim X50v: $499
Good At: Digital Music, Photography, and Video
enthusiasts. Sales Professionals who are looking to
make presentations from the device.
For Who? Users who wish to balance entertainment
with productivity.
Dell Axim X50 520 Mhz: $399
Good At: Power, Performance at a competitive price.
Sales Professionals who are looking to make
presentations from the device.
For Who? Users who are looking for dual expansion
and dual connectivity.
Dell Axim X50 416 Mhz: $299
Good At: A first time purchaser of a handheld computer.
Sales Professionals who are looking to make
presentations from the device.
For Who? Mobile users who wish to stay connected
through their phone and PC.
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Second Edition
New Things to Know
1. Windows Media
Player Version 10. Improved responsiveness
with external memory
cards, ability to read
media files from all folders, and the ability to
display Microsoft Plus!
Photo Story projects.
2. Improved Wireless
Connectivity. Improved
wireless connectivity
to Wi-Fi Hotspots.
3. Improved Wireless Security. Through Windows Media Special Edition, increased WPA
security is able to be achieved.
4. Improved Pocket Internet Explorer
Performance. Automatic re-pagination within Pocket Internet Explorer.
5. External Keyboard Compatibility. Through using the “alt” key on an
external keyboard, the user is able to
access menus within Windows Mobile
applications without the need of a stylus.
6. Pictures Application. Ability to
edit, display, and slide show photos
from internal memory, built-in storage and external memory cards.
7. Jawbreaker Game. A brand new
game that gets you addicted quickly!
8. VGA Screen Support. At the
time of this writing (September
2004), we are anxiously awaiting the
handheld manufacturers to release
VGA displays in their devices.
9. Screen Rotation Capabilities.
Windows Mobile 2003, Second Edition brings the ability to rotate the
devices screen in all directions.
10. System Font Settings. Another Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition feature is the ability to set the system fonts
through the screen settings menu option.
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easily map your buddy with an Address
Book contact. Causerie will search for your
buddy in the Address Book by IM handle,
which unfortunately might work well with
desktop Address Book programs that store
IM information, but for the Palm OS which
until recently did not even support the
basic PIM fields, "birthday and location"
it is highly unlikely to grab your contact's
Address Book card on the first try. This is
okay since the standard "Look up" function
is supported in Causerie and most likely
the method to finding your buddy's Address Book information on your Palm OS
device. Once the contact information is
linked it makes easy to place a call to that
buddy or drop them an e-mail note right
from Causerie Messenger's contact list.
However one of the more cool things
that you can do with the Premiere edition
Causerie Messenger is check you G-mail,
search Google, Amazon or lookup a word
via dictionary.com and receive the results
back just like any normal chat request. My
personal favorite's are FedEx tracking and
weather. It would be useful to also include
tracking for UPS and USPS. As you can
imagine, the possibilities for additional
"IMBOTs" is up the group's own creativity
and time. How does this work? The "IMBOTs" are fetched
through the
MantraGroup's
proxy server and
set of customized computer
scripts. They
query the server
and return the
results in a format
that Causerie messenger can easily display which
is just like any other chat screen.
There are so many other features in
Causerie Messenger that make this program
worth its cost. These also include integration with the Palm OS notification service,
always-on background monitoring, Quick
Text messages, a basic set of smiley icons
and multiple chat screens that you can easily flip through. The standard edition does
not include the IMBOTs and because of this
I think that the $35 price range is on-target for the Premiere edition and should be
about $10 less for a less feature rich client.
More information about Causerie Messenger can found online at
http://www.mantragroup.com and also
a subscription for $35/year (either edition) is available for purchase as well.
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By Jim McCarthy | The XM PCR brings the power of satellite radio directly to your
Windows PC using the same high-tech technology used by its other receivers like the Delphi
SKYFi receiver. An antenna pointed at the sky, picks up the XM Radio satellite signal and
plays the broadcast through the PCs audio system letting you, the XM Radio enthusiast e like
everyone else on XM and listen to your favorite music while at the office or working at home
in the study.
Connected via a USB cable, the XM PCR receiver does not use the Internet to
“stream” music. Instead, the computer is used as a tuner, hosting the software that lets you
switch channels, save songs and check the signal strength of the current connection. All 100
plus channels, as well as premium, are available through the XM PCR. Simply plug, play and
start listening.
The XM PCR software is basic and provides all necessary features to provide a good
listening experience, as well as matches and adds new features over the other receiver products.
Similar in function, the XM PCR displays the artist and song information for a user specified
number of days, and alerts you when the song is currently playing
on any XM channel; a fantastic feature. XM PCR also organizes the
100 plus XM channels into three category tabs: music | news/talk
|last 10, while also providing a tab that lists every XM channel
and four custom tabs that you can rename and add
channels of your own for quicker access.
Like many popular media players available for
the Windows platform, you can also minimize the XM
PCR program to the program/task bar or display the “mini” version which can be configured
to “stay on top” of other programs. This keeps the XM PCR at your finger tips for quick notice
muting, channel changing or saving the info for a song playing.
Configuration options also include the ability to export your saved song list to a
file, as well as set a time interval for an XM Radio screen saver to appear. This screen saver
stylishly displays the XM Radio logo along with a modern, rounded edge box showing the
current XM channel and genre, as well the current artist and song playing; a nice touch for
computer users who use a PC at home as an audio manager.
The XM PRC recently has been slashed to a small $49, which includes everything
you need to get started with XM Satellite radio: desktop pc software for Windows, the satellite
receiver and antenna. The service fee is $9.99/month, or $6.99/month if you are making the
XM PCR an additional receiver on your current XM plan. http:// www.xmradio.com
Time-Shifting
XM
Radio
Why can't we record a radio show like we do a TV show?
By Adam Purcell | TimeTrax: a small
Windows based program that when combined with XM Radio's XMPCR satellite
receiver became an MP3 collector's dream
and a gargantuan liability for XM Radio.
This is because the XM-copying software
which was originally designed for time-shifting
radio broadcasts such as XM Radio's concert series
that inconveniently played in the middle of the
night could be recorded as MP3 files and listened
to later, as well as passed onto other people because they didn't include any DRM (Digital
Rights Management) made it's debut on the Internet as a shareware program for $34.99.
Within hours TimeTrax caused a national brouhaha and XM Radio quietly discontinued the
product and removed it from national retailers like Best Buy. The original XMPCR receivers
are currently selling 3 times their original MSRP on eBay. More information on this story
can be found online at http://www.pocketanywhere.com/?view=1&showMore=1367.
Bluetooth Security
is your mobile device safe from hackers?
By Brian M. Cook | Increasingly,
the advent of wireless networking is helping free computer users from the tyranny
of cables. Moreover, handhelds are beginning to benefit from the ubiquity of wireless networking. Many handhelds come
with, or can easily be adapted to use,
both the 802.11b and Bluetooth protocols to communicate with each other and
the rest of the world via the Internet.
But with that flexibility comes a price
tag - the need for security. There’s an industry
maxim that the only secure computer is one
that’s been disconnected from everything,
encased in concrete and sunk to the bottom
of the ocean... it isn’t useful for much, but
boy, is it secure. Anything less than that level
of security involves some sort of compromise.
Where there are compromises in
security - whether it be an unintended flaw
that can be exploited or a deliberate effort to
increase ease of use - there can and will be
attempts made to exploit that compromise.
For the purposes of this article, we
will focus on the Bluetooth personal area
network protocol, the known ways it can
be subverted, and why this matters to the
handheld community. A quick Google on
“Bluetooth security” returns over 10,000 hits,
most of which talk about the wide proliferation of holes in Bluetooth’s natural security.
But first, what exactly is Bluetooth?
Put simply, it’s a very low-power wireless
networking protocol used to create socalled “personal area networks”. With an
active range of ten meters (around 33 feet),
Bluetooth’s primary intent was to allow one’s
own personal electronics - cell phone, PDA,
pager, laptop and so forth - to interact without the need of connecting them all with a
tangle of wiring. So, say, if one’s PDA needed
to reach the Internet to check e-mail, it could
talk to the cell phone in one’s pocket, dialing
out on that to connect to the internet service
provider and the e-mail server in question.
Theoretically, this integration is
seamless. In practice, there’s a little configuration work to be done, called “pairing”. In essence, it’s teaching the individual
units in question that the others are to be
trusted and are part of the team, so to speak.
Coupled with that are announcements
by the devices saying, in essence, “I’m a
Bluetooth device. Talk to me.” It is the lat-
ter feature which presents a security risk.
Bluetooth-enabled phones and PDAs
broadcast their presence to anyone who’s listening on a regular basis. This is what they’re
supposed to do by default - offer their services
up for use by equipment in range. However,
a malicious personage (let’s call them Hacker
X) can exploit them for their own purposes.
Hacker X, with a Bluetooth-enabled
laptop or phone, can sit in a convention center or airport terminal and listen for Bluetooth
equipment to come into range. If he’s benign
and just in the mood to play pranks, he can
“bluejack” the devices. If he’s malign, though,
handhelds &
smartphones
• Palm OS, Windows Mobile
• Linux, Symbian
mobile phones
• Nokia, Motorola, Samsung
• Kyocera, SonyEriccson
laptops & desktops
• Mac OS, Tablet PCs,
• USB adapters and Windows
Bluejacking
the wireless practical joke
Hacker X, if he’s bluejacking, simply sends a snippet of information
- a bogus contact list entry, for example, or a customized device name - to a
nearby device. What it is immaterial. The message is received by the device
and acted on - usually to display the information for the user’s consideration.
Bluejacking is the most benign of the techniques. The closest analogy to realworld activities would be a combination of prank calling and spam. Real-world
messages of this range from the obvious (“You’ve been bluejacked!”) to the bizarre
(“Can I have some of your drink?”) and the silly (“I like your pink stripe top.”). In
Europe, this is becoming an increasingly popular way to send anonymous messages in public places.
Technically, this is
an abuse of the pairing protocol - the way
in which Bluetooth
devices introduce
themselves to one
another and let users see who’s trying to
interact with them. It’s
difficult to secure against this without
turning off Bluetooth
altogether - it’s a fundamental property
of the communications
protocol. While essentially harmless, there’s a real risk of this becoming yet another medium for the proliferation of spam - or, through a darker glass, harassment.
It is conceivable that hackers may eventually find a way to exploit this
further. It’s a short trip from displaying an innocuous message to executing arbitrary code on a vulnerable machine. Generally, Bluetooth devices are small
environments, programmatically speaking, and often shortcuts in programming are used which may lend themselves to this unintended consequence.
Even now, though, if a user gets a bluejack message and dismisses it improperly, it may create a pairing between the devices. In such a case, the hacker-controlled device will have full access to any data stored on the device - which, as
convergence brings more and more of peoples’ personal data into their portables,
In Europe, this is becoming an
increasingly popular way to send
anonymous messages
in public places.
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Bluetooth vulnerabilities
What can be done to protect yourself?
he can try to exploit weaknesses via techniques called “snarfing” and “backdooring”.
What Can Be Done?
Given the closed nature of embedded systems such as PDAs and cellular
phones, it is difficult to make everything
100% secure while retaining the usability
end users expect from their equipment.
Bluetooth, as with most communications
protocols, is vulnerable to the potential of hackers accessing them illicitly
and without the owner’s permission.
Obviously, if one disables Bluetooth, it isn’t vulnerable to the methods
described here. However, this severely
limits the usefulness of the device insofar
as the intended design of the personal
area network goes. A slightly more reasonable thing would be to turn off Bluetooth
when it’s not needed - turning it on to
transfer data from PDA to laptop, or to
make a data call from PDA via phone.
Some devices can be configured to
not broadcast their presence. This is useful,
as hackers usually can’t touch what they
don’t know is there, and all of the above attacks rely on the fact that, by default, Bluetooth devices are chatty about their presence. (Note, however, that Nokia recently
issued a press release confirming that many
of their phone models are vulnerable to the
snarf attack even when running in “invisible
mode”.) While disabling broadcast can undercut some aspects of the Bluetooth easeof-use design features, it can be reasonably
stated that some inconvenience is necessary in the realm of information security.
Data encryption may be an option
for some. While few people would seriously devastated if their phone list got into
unknown hands, it’s quite another story
for financial or identification data such
as credit card information, Social Security numbers or driver’s license data. A
number of vendors offer applications for
PDAs and smart phones which create an
encrypted area of memory and keep the
data placed within it relatively secure. The
“secure file” might get read, but without
the decryption key it will be just so much
gibberish. (Decryption keys are like passwords, though. Don’t keep the key in the
unsecured data area “for convenience’s
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sic security compromise of putting the password on a sticky note under the keyboard.)
Perhaps best of all would be to contact the device vendors of choice and inquire
as to their stance on increasing Bluetooth security, and watching for developments which
strengthen the protocol against the sort of abused detailed above. As with everything,
being informed and involved is everyone’s best weapon against being exploited.
While few people would be seriously devastated if
their phone list got into unknown hands, it’s quite
another story for financial or identification data
such as credit card information, Social Security
numbers or driver’s license data.
Snarfing
“Snarfing” is a technique where, in some
cases, it is possible to connect to a Bluetooth device without alerting the owner
to this connection. Once connected,
even though not technically trusted by
the device being accessed, some, if not
all, of the memory areas in the device
can be read by the connecting device.
On Bluetooth phones, this can include
contacts, schedule data, or the phone’s
IMEI (International Mobile Equipment
Identifier) - the unique identity of the
device. If the IMEI is discovered, illegal clones of that phone can be made
- essentially stealing the phone without
actually taking it from the owner. Limited
data has been published regarding snarf
attacks, mostly because the researchers
in question realize these are real vulnerabilities in devices which are, generally, difficult to reprogram with patches.
Were details or
exact methods
to become
publicized,
the resulting
explosion in
exploits of
these vulnerabilities could
be enormous.
Backdooring
“Backdooring” is similar to snarfing in
that the connection is made without
alerting the user, but differs in that it
can be used to establish a full trust of
the device in question. With a full trust
of, say, an exploited Bluetooth phone,
a hacker could use the phone to make
voice or data calls, steal any data in
the phone or, perhaps worst of all, use
the backdoor hack as a springboard
into the user’s other Bluetooth devices
- such as a company laptop or the user’s
PDA containing his personal information, financial data and so forth.
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the mobile device or laptop and run the GPS
and connect to device immediately), and less
enabled software. Third, start the GPS connecthan 10 seconds in a warm to hot start, meantion according to the software’s directions.
ing the GPS device had been on before enabling
Using Mapopolis for Palm OS simply
the software. On clear days and in an open sky,
tap the silk screen “menu” button in the Grafsatellite fixes were frequently established in less
fiti Writing Area. Next, tap the button labeled
than 10 seconds, despite the warm-up time,
“GPS”, and lastly tap the “Start GPS” button.
making the CRUX II/BTGPS fast and reliable.
Using a Pocket PC with Mapopolis takes even
Out-of-the-box
less taps to create a Bluetooth connection and
The CRUX II/BTGPS includes the
GPS fix with the CRUZ X II/BTGPS. On a laptop,
receiver, A/C adapter/recharging cable, leather
a COM port will need to be bound with the
case and a set of 3 international power adapters. Bluetooth USB Adapter (if not internal hardware).
Software for Palm OS and Pocket PC devices as
The only plug-n-play challenge with the
well as laptops are not
included. However,
most places reselling
the CRUX II/BTGPS
offer product bundles
with popular mapI have owned my EMTAC CRUX II/BTGPS for
ping software such
almost a year now and just love using it. Not
as Mapopolis. The
only is the device light, small and has decent
only requirement is
battery life, it's one tough GPS. At one point it
that the software be
took ride in the washing machine AND DRYER
NMEA-0183 (v2.20)
yet still works like new. I wouldn't recommend
compliant and Bluethe spin-cycle as a cleaning method, but because
tooth compatible.
of that experience I am a loyal EMTAC GPS cusFor
tomer and wouldn't recommend anything else.
instance, there are a
number of software
— Frank McCall, Las Vegas, NV
programs for the
Palm OS platform,
including Mapopolis, DeLorme’s XMap
Handheld Street Atlas USA Edition or the Rand
McNally Road Atlas with 16MB MMC expansion
card (available through StylusCentral), but verify
that the mapping software supports appropriThe EMTAC GPSStatus software
ate GPS and Bluetooth protocols.
works with the current BTGPS II TRINE
Additionally, each device, platform
and CRUX II/BTGPS. The software is made
and program will differ on how to create a
to evaluate the GPS device and display
Bluetooth connection
statistical information
between the CRUX II/BTabout the connection.
GPS device and software.
this includes channel
The CRUX II/BTsignal strength, the
GPS is an excellent choice for
latitude and longitude
hiking, boating, logistic trackas well other miscellaing for fleet management,
neous tid-bits.
aviation, or child security
However, adbecause of its wireless nature.
ditionally you
This is because the GPS posiset the trickletion data displayed on the
power option
PDA or mobile device reflects
available on
the whereabouts of the CRUX
the BTGPS II
II/BTGPS, within a 30-foot
TRINE. There
range, and not the location of the Palm
are not a lot
OS device, Pocket PC, or mobile phone.
of options for
Using it takes less than 10
this software
seconds and three steps. First, flip the
since it is
switch to the on position; lights flash,
strictly a diand place the GPS on a vehicle’s dash or where
agnostic tool. You can download the
it will be exposed to the open sky. Second, start
software from EMTAC's web site.
A Customer's Testimony
EMTAC GPSStatus
software for Palm OS
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Typing with beams of light
on your handheld device using
portable keyboards — IR vs. wired and Bluetooth
By Gary B. Garland, Esq. | By now, you’ve probably learned that although your Pocket PC does many tasks well, getting large quantities of text/numbers inside can be challenging and frustrating. Though there are numerous alternatives to the on-screen keyboard, none do
it for me. Ready to kill your keyboard? Frustrated with Fitaly? Can’t use Character Recognizer or Calligrapher? Tried Transcriber, Tengo and
Typango, and even thumboards? Garbled Graffiti? You get the idea. Efficient bulk data input has been a holy grail for PDAs, and built in
solutions just don’t cut it (for me). As a result, I, and many others, have turned to external keyboards.
There are numerous designs, my favorite falling into the units by Think Outside, creators of the class leading Stowaway. Using
a keyboard of that sort, you slap your lil’ buddy into the connector, load up the driver, and type away as if you’re on a high quality notebook.
Now infra-red keyboards have hit the market, and they offer some pros (and cons) to their cradled counterparts.
Cradle and wireless difference
The flippant answer is the cradled require your PDA to be
cradled, while the wireless do not, but the differences can be a bit
more subtle. Every Pocket PC has an infra-red port, as do many (if
not all) Palm devices. Using an IR keyboard and the appropriate
driver, you can keep the same keyboard through multiple generations
of Pocket PCs, versus requiring a keyboard with a specific interface.
(Infra-red is the same invisible light technology used in TV remotes
for years, and is produced by Light Emitting Diodes).
Some of the IR keyboards will allow your Pocket PC to be
used in portrait or landscape mode, and some allow flexibility of
placement of your Pocket PC - it can be on a table in front of you,
versus being stuck on the cradle.
The biggest cons are the size of the IR keyboards, which
generally run larger and heavier than their non-IR counterparts.
IR Keyboard differences
Before we talk about the individual keyboards tested, let’s
talk about the batteries. All the keyboards boast extraordinarily long
battery life - on the order of thousands of keystrokes and hundreds
of hours of use. Some use a AA or AAA battery, while others use tiny
lithium ion button batteries. The standard batteries are easier to find
in airports; the button batteries allow for a potentially slimmer design.
All things being equal, my nod goes towards the more readily found
standard batteries.
Some of the keyboards come with plastic metallic-looking
reflective “mirrors” that angle the beam towards your Pocket PC.
Some don’t have (or need) the reflectors. And some of the reflectors
are detachable, so you can bring it or leave it. Most of the units have
extendible or rotating arms. Most units have 1 LED emitter. And most
units have pleasing keyboards.
Belkin F8U1500 - $59.95
Billed as a dual beam keyboard, the sturdy Belkin unit has 2 LEDs located in the same hump to
the immediate right edge of the single AAA battery. The aluminum shelled unit comes with a matching
slide-on reflector, or you can use your PDA flat on a table without the additional unit. The QWERTY
keyboard has a center hinge, and like most of the other units, there is a small gap between the center keys
- specifically, between the 6 and 7, T and Y, G and H, B and N, and the space bar. The F and J keys have a
small protruding “underline” to help touch typists find their home position. The keys are gently sculpted,
but do take some getting used to - the T, for instance, is roughly twice as wide as the Y key. The N key
matches the T key’s size, while the adjacent B key is a single key size. The keyboard boasts 4 dedicated
task keys, such as calendar, contacts, tasks and notes, and will do double duty by holding the function
key. Likewise, the function key will add additional features to some keys.
The keys in general felt a bit cramped, and didn’t have the quality feel of some other units. Selling for $59.95, the keyboard was ground breaking when it came out in the early summer with the incredibly low price for an IR keyboard.
Now, with some of the other offerings, it’s a bit less of an incredible bargain - Belkin should either lower the price further, or refine the unit.
It gives a decent overall experience.
ENRTECH IR KB 5 - $54.99
The IR KB5 has a few interesting features for the James Bond crowd. It features an IR emitter to the left,
above the “2” key, and also has a funky built in extendible stand with a second LED at the top. To pull out
the stand (the keyboard’s coolest feature), you first pull the main part straight out about 3 inches, then flip up
the embedded middle part, and finally rotate the LED. There is an integrated hinge/brace at the bottom to
keep your PDA upright. Great thought went into the stand, however I felt the rest of the design needed work.
The keys, though QWERTY, have a HUGE gap in the center. It’s almost like typing on 2 separate keyboards.
Not to say that you can’t get used to it, however it does have a learning curve. If you use a right shift key
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regularly, you’ll be disappointed by the sole left shift key (what were they thinking?) The F and K buttons have a tiny bump in the center for
you touch typists. The keys had a nice feel/springiness, however they felt cramped together, and that impression was made more obvious by
the inclusion of numerous colors and objects on each key, showing their multiple functions. The four quick launch keys on the left each had
4 tasks listed in different colors, enabling up to 16 tasks launched by pressing either that dedicated key, or that dedicated key plus it’s function
toggle. The keyboard uses a button cell. The aluminum case opens by depressing two buttons and has a good overall feel. The bulky design is
larger than many other units, however it does have the built in stand, so that it is slimmer than some of the ones requiring the external reflector.
Although it is a decent external keyboard, and the cheapest,
I feel there are better choices.
Targus PA870 - $79.99
The Targus unit is the biggest and heaviest of the bunch.
It too has some innovative James Bond features. The unit is
first opened by lifting the front latch, rotating the top away
from you towards your table. Then, a useful sticker and arrow
points to a small latch to your left, which says, “open here.”
So I did - sliding the latch releases the keyboard, and you then
rotate the top to the right. You have sort of a letter “L,” with
the top part of the case facing you above the keyboard and
still connected. Lifting the interior of the top part, you soon
realize it separates but is hinged, and a small easel in the back
allows the interior to support your PDA with 5 angle choices.
Within that interior part, there is the smoothly operating LED
arm which clicks into positions nicely, and the LED portion
can be angled down to a 90 degree bend. Also on that interior portion, there is the dual button cell battery compartment, some rubber pads to hold your PDA, and 3 interesting metal “tubes” – two are
hinged and rotate to support your PDA, the third is an arm attached to a spring, to allow support of virtually any PDA.
Like most of the cases, there is a gap between the center keys, though on the Targus it is a bit less pronounced. The bottom of the center
hinge has intermeshing plastic that acts almost like a gear to help it smoothly open and close, and the top of the keyboard has a small plastic
lever that extends across the hinge, allowing the keyboard to lock open on your lap.
Interestingly, the keyboard is the only IR in the group, and only portable keyboard I am aware of, with a cursor pad! The oval feels like
it is made of firm silicone, and does a nice job of maneuvering your cursor for those times you don’t want to touch the screen. Three is a small
“confirm” button to its right, and the 4 dedicated function keys to the right are of the same comfortable material.
The keyboard itself has better keys than many of its competition. Strangely, the J and B keys have a small step, to allow better folding
with its neighbor, while the Y and U do not. Also, the space bar is split, and the left edge by the center hinge actually is a solid, immobile
recessed bit of plastic, with the working part to the left of the solid plastic. Surprisingly, I did not have trouble typing with that arrangement.
My thumb did, however, rub against the bottom of the case due to the narrowness of the space bar. Otherwise, this was one of the better
typing arrangements.
Think Outside - $69.95
Think Outside is the creator of my beloved Stowaway - THE portable full
sized keyboard/typing experience for the Pocket PC. They did some things right
with their IR keyboard, and some things I didn’t quite like. Initially, I noticed
the case was not on the engineering level of their popular Stowaway XT (previously reviewed). Unlike the XT, this case was not engineered with a complex
hinge design. Instead, the plastic (ugh) case opened in a manner reminiscent
of the Targus’ layout. Initially, there is a hinged “clamp” that has to be wrestled
open. I know of one acquaintance who actually filed down the locking portion
inside the clamp to make it easier to open. Not a bad idea. Continuing to
pull the clamp up and over, the top will lift, and the rubber edged clamp will
now act as a support for the top to hold your PDA. There is an IR arm within,
again akin to the Targus. The arm rotates between two rubber tipped ovals
and sits recessed, allowing the ovals to support your PDA. The arm will sit in
either of 2 notched positions between the ovals, or you can rotate it beyond
the ovals if that is your preference. Below the arm is an integrated metal bar
to help keep your PDA from sliding down. The keyboard is opened, much like
the Targus, by rotating the now exposed top part to the right. The keyboard will gently lock open automatically by a molded tab, but will close
when a bit too much pressure is applied.
Opened, you are faced with the award winning Stowaway XT keyboard, which feels exactly like a high quality notebook keyboard,
with one caveat - there is no usual top row - if you want numbers, you’ll have to press the blue function and the appropriate key, e.g. blue
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and Q acts as 1, W as 2, etc. If you want punctuation, you hold the green function button, and now Q acts as !, W acts as @, etc. Once you
get used to it, it becomes second nature, but there is a bit of a learning curve. The F and J buttons have the protruding lines you’ve come to
expect from your keyboard.
The space bar is split, but it is barely noticeable. My biggest gripe (confirmed by a buddy) is that my (and his) right thumb rubbed
against the lower hinge point below the space bar. He got a callus after 30 minutes of typing, and I’m fortunate to have escaped that, though
I have jabbed my poor thumb more than once. It is more noticeable if you touch type the letter Y which pulls your hand over to the left a bit.
If you’re not a touch typist, then you may not run into trouble. Although the keyboard is worthy of the name Think Outside, the case itself
disappointed me - it was lacking the usual genius in the Stowaway designs. That hard to open clamp was required because the keys press
upon each other when closed, so the clamp helps “sit” on the overstuffed “suitcase.” The case itself also felt a bit on the cheap side, and it
only took one or two opening/closing cycles for the paint to scrape away from the upper hinge point. The unit is powered by 2 AAA batteries, although looking at it, you’d be sure they used the thinner button cells. The unit comes with a thoughtful lined plethora case. Per Think
Outside, there have to be compromises with pricing and details, especially since Pocket PCs are dropping to such low prices and consumers
are less willing to spend $100 on a peripheral. Point taken - for the price, or at any price, the Think Outside unit gives a lot of value, however
that lower hinge point truly detracted from my experience.
The driver is worthy of mention. It is a dual driver, in case you have a Stowaway wired unit in addition to the IR - it allows you to decide
your weapon of choice during each use, and allows the IR driver to coexist with other IR applications - something I have not seen before. The
driver also allows selection of hot keys, such as Alt-Fn-1 through 0 - very nice indeed!
Pocketop - $79
As with most of these keyboards, I would have sworn I saw them for $20 or $30 more
just a few months ago. Ah, it’s great to be a consumer.
The Pocketop (and it’s twin, Micro Innovations) is
arguably the most innovative portable keyboard,
and also the one with the largest learning curve. It
is also the smallest keyboard. It comes with a lightweight reflective stand, that doubles as the lock to
keep the unit opened. It was clever how the stand
was packaged - you install the appropriate hinge to
the stand, and it will then either clip directly to your
Palm device, or it will slide into a groove on the
keyboard. Very clever!
Powered by a single AAA battery, the top hinge
on the unit is geared like the bottom of the Targus unit, but unlike any other unit, the split space
bar is also geared, to decrease the pressure/contact points. That means you’re typing on a grooved
spacebar - groovy! The F and J buttons have the requisite protruding line for touch typists. Like
the Think Outside unit, the top QWERTY line does triple duty, for numbers and punctuation,
however unlike the Stowaway, only the middle line has mostly full sized keys (with a stepped
J key. The rest of the keys are custom and unlike any I’ve seen elsewhere - the top row begins
flat and steeply curves up, likewise the bottom row, helping to keep your fingers stay “within”
the keyboard. It looks a bit like a skateboard pipe. Once you get used to it you can type at a
reasonable clip, though I felt that my fingers were a bit cramped. The unit has the 4 dedicated
function buttons, which do double duty when you press the function button.
The unit ships with screen rotation software, which did not work on my Pocket PC 2002
unit. The web site also warns that their included screen rotation software will not work with
WM2003, so beware!
It is unfortunate, but the company must be considered when it comes to this unit. Although the hardware is well thought out, the customer “support” was pretty bad – after weeks
of requesting an updated driver per the web instructions, and after having none of my roughly
10 e-mails returned, the company posted a policy of CHARGING for driver upgrades – to the
tune of $10 to $20 per driver. (The iPAQ driver is $10). I am unaware of ANY other company
charging for driver upgrades, and this has sparked an outrage on the web. For this reason
alone, I’d boycott the company, and I think they’re going to lose a lot of business (and loyalty)
for this fiasco.
So which one?
Dell Executive
Keyboard with
Bluetooth Wireless
Technology
By John Ohnstad | In a relatively short
period, Dell has positioned their Axim devices as major players in the Pocket PC world.
Now moving into it’s fourth generation of
handhelds, Dell is beginning to release accessories that compliment their devices and
extend their functionality. For this review, we
take a look at the Bluetooth Keyboard.
Partnering with the Best
Dell partnered with the innovators in
handheld keyboards, Think Outside. Think
Outside is best known for their Stowaway,
and Stowaway XT keyboards for various devices on the market. This particular keyboard
resembles closely of the Stowaway Bluetooth
keyboard, except with the colors to match
that of Dell’s Axim line.
The keyboard comes in two pieces,
As a consumer, you have to balance portability with functionality - unless it’s going to sit
on a desk, if you won’t take it, you won’t use it. Price is less of a factor as they are all fairly close in price, ranging from $55 to $79. Although I
don’t like the case, the best overall unit (for me) is the Think Outside. The Pocketop is more portable, the Targus is more featured (and heavier).
However, if you can get any of these keyboards at discount, you should then consider pricing. Factor in upgrading into your purchase - if you
get a Pocketop, you may not be done paying if you upgrade your hardware.
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the keyboard itself, and a stand for the Axim driver, the user selects the Axim Wireless Key- DeLorme Earthmate GPS
device. The stand is able to be attached to board software from the programs menu. After
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the keyboard, and is able to be removed and opening up the software, the user presses the
placed in a separate location (of course, with- “Enable” button, then Bluetooth as the connecDeLorme's Earthmate GPS devices ships
in distance of the Bluetooth signal). The stand tion. The user is then presented with a screen with Street Atlas for Handheld's 2005. The
is spring loaded and is able to be positioned that scans for the keyboard. To be found, the software runs under Windows desktops and is a
to hold an Axim device in portrait and land- keyboard must be placed in discoverable mode, sophisticated program with numerous options
scape positions. Having Windows Mobile this is done by pressing Ctrl-LFn-RFn keys at the for either using the GPS with a laptop or hand2003 SE (or
held or just producing print maps and routes.
a third party
for Mac OS X users, Street Atlas for Handhelds
application)
Rubber Meets the Road
2005 also runs reasonably well with Microsoft's
assists greatly
Virtual PC
in positioning They keyboard performs exactly as marketed. It responds
(formerly
the screen for
Connecthese orienta- quickly and packs well in terms of weight and dimensions.
tix). The
tions.
handheld
The
The only concern I would have is the keyboard stand being
export
keyboard itoption
s e l f s c o r e s durable enough to withstand travel situations. The main
highly on the
cool factor. improvement needed for this keyboard would be a slipcase
The keyboard
ships in a ful- to protect it while traveling. Otherwise, I would highly
ly collapsed
position with recommend those who have bluetooth in their Pocket PC
the Dell logo
on top of the to give this keyboard a look.
keyboard. To
open, the user presses a button along the left same time. After the keys are pressed, a blinkhand side of the keyboard to release the lock- ing green light appears on the top left-center of
ing mechanism. The keyboard then opens the keyboard. The user then presses the scan
from left to right and locks in place along a button on the screen and the handheld places produces a map and or route file for either the
single hinge. To close the keyboard, the user itself into Bluetooth and seeks out the keyboard. Palm OS or Windows Mobile Pocket PC. Mac
slides a button on the top right-center to the Secure and Non-Secure connections are able to OS users will need to locate the map through
right to release the locking mechanism. The be made between the keyboard and the Axim. Virtual PC and then copy to your Mac desktop.
keyboard then collapses in half along a single After connecting the device, the keyboard is Additionally maps can be exported as routable
hinge point along the base of the keyboard.
able to navigate nicely within the built-in ap- and overview. Routable maps are larger in
The keyboard then rests on a center plications as well as third party developers.
size but allow real-time routing on the PDA.
base the occupies about one half of the
keyboard in the middle of the keyboard.
This is a plus for those not wanting to seek a
flat surface when typing. It also provides a
limited base when typing, for those who type
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GLOSSARY•OF•TECH•TERMINOLOGY
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3G - 3rd Generation mobile network. 3G networks
provide fast mobile access to Internet content.
A
Access Point - Also referred to "AP" or "base
stations", Access Point's connect devices to the
Internet.
ity of a handheld device or add new features to the
operating system.
HotSync - The process of synchronizing data on a
Palm OS handheld with a desktop computer. Also
the program that performs this function.
memory that can be accessed randomly. There are
two types of RAM: DRAM and SRAM. Both lose
their content when powered off.
ROM - Read-Only Memory. Computer memory on
which data has been prerecorded. The datacannot
be removed and can only be read.
S
Secure Digital or SD - A postage size removable
memory simliar in concept to CF and MMC. Currently has capacities up-to 1GB.
I
B
Bluetooth - A short-range (30 feet) wireless communications standard intended to replace cables
for products like printers.
C
CAB - A Microsoft Windows file extension commonly found in applications for the Pocket PC
platform.
CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access is a cellular technology widely used in North America.
Also referred to as 2G.
IMEI - International Mobile Equipment Identity is
a unique number given to every mobile phone and
typically found behind the battery.
Smartphone - A category of mobile device that
provides advanced capabilities beyond a typical
mobile phone.
T
Infrared or IR - A wavelength used to transmit data
enabling the data to be shared between two devices
without wires.
TDMA - Time Division Multiple Access. A basic
method of transmitting digital signals over radio
waves.
ISV - Independent Software Vendor. Web sites like
Handango and PalmGear partner with ISVs to offer
the most comprehensive catalog of mobile software
available.
Transflective - A type of LCD screen in which the
pixels are illuminated from both the front of the
monitor’s screen and from behind the screen.
W
M
Compact Flash or CF - A type of removable
memory used in digital cameras and PDAs with
large capacities; up-to 4GB.
Megapixel - One million pixels. The term is used in
reference to the resolution of a graphics device, such
as a scanner, digital camera or monitor.
D
Memory Stick or MS - A type of removable memory
primarily used in Sony products.
DRM - Digital Rights Management. A method for
restricting the transfer of media such as music or
movies ro protect intellectual property rights.
E
E-book - A book in electronic format that can
be downloaded and read on a computer, PDA
or phone.
MultiMedia Card or MMC - A type of removable
memory that is usually compatible with SD slots but
available in lesser capacities.
MPEG - Moving Picture Experts Group. Afamily of
digital video compression standards and file formats
developed by the ISO group.
WAP - Wireless Application Protocol. A secure
specification that allows users to access information
instantly via handheld wireless devices such as mobile phones, pagers, two-way radios, smartphones
and communicators.
Wi-Fi
A high-speed wireless communications standard.
Also known as 802.11.
X
XScale - Intel branded processor found in higher
end handheld devices.
Other terms can be found online at Acronym Finder
EPOC - The operating system of the Symbian
platform for low-power, compact machines and
long-running applications.
G
USER GROUP
INFORMATION
P
Windows Mobile
P2P - Peer-to-Peer. A type of network in which each
workstation has equivalent capabilities.
1) http://pocketpc.meetup.com/groups/
2) PocketPc.Com -> Local Clubs Section
GPRS - General Packet Radio Service. An alwayson system that connects mobile phones to the
Internet. Sometimes referred to as 2.5G.
PIM - Peronal Information Manager. A type of software
application designed to help users organize random
bits of information.
Palm OS
GPS - Global Positioning System. A worldwide
satellite navigational system formed by 24 satellites orbiting the earth and their corresponding
receivers on the earth.
H
PDA - Personal Digital Assistant. A handheld device
that combines computing, telephone/fax, Internet and
networking features
Handheld or PDA
R
1) http://pda.meetup.com/
2) http://www.pdacenter.net
Hack - Software designed to enhance the usabil-
RAM - Random Access Memory. A type of computer
GSM - Global System for Mobile Communication. A wireless network system widely used in
Europe, Asia and Australia and more widely in
the United States.
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MP3 - The name of the type of file for MPEG, audio
layer 3. Layer 3 is one of three coding schemes (layer
1, layer 2 and layer 3) for the compression of audio
signals.
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1) http://palm.meetup.com/
2) http://www.interpug.org
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