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Week of May 15, 2005

Laplink Everywhere 4 brings remote PC access to Windows Mobile 5

Laplink’s “Anytime, Anywhere” remote PC access solution, Laplink Everywhere 4, is fully compatible with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5, providing complete remote access to PCs using a Windows Mobile 5 device.

Laplink Software announced today that their newest remote access solution, Laplink Everywhere 4, is fully compatible with Microsoft’s newest mobile device operating system.

Laplink Everywhere 4 provides complete access to a remote PC from any web-enabled device, with special functionality for mobile users.  Instead of requiring handheld users to utilize a cumbersome remote control session on a PDA screen (as competing products such as GoToMyPC do), Laplink Everywhere 4 provides a special web-based interface for mobile users.  This includes full integration with Google Desktop Search, providing unmatched efficiency for finding email and files on the remote PC.  The user can then respond to email, update PIM data, and download or forward files straight from the browser, which allows for maximum utility over minimal bandwidth.

"Laplink Everywhere 4 provides users with a remote control experience that's competitive with GoToMyPC, and also includes mobile accessibility and functionality you just can't get from any other remote access solution," said Mauricio Freitas, Editor of Geekzone, a web site focused on mobile products.

Thomas Koll, CEO of Laplink, explained, “We have been leaders in connectivity for over 22 years.  ‘Anytime, anywhere’ connectivity to remote resources is becoming more and more of a necessity for an increasingly mobile workforce, and handheld devices such as those using Windows Mobile 5 will play an increasingly important role in the future of connectivity.”

The complementary relationship between Windows Mobile 5 and Laplink Everywhere 4 is a natural extension of the ongoing partnership between Microsoft and Laplink.  Laplink has worked closely with Microsoft for many years, dating back to the DOS days, and earlier this month Laplink announced that Microsoft had invested in the company.

Laplink Everywhere 4 provides access to a user’s remote PC files, email, Internet favorites, contacts, notes, tasks and calendar from any web-enabled device with fast, streamlined access to remote data.  Laplink Everywhere 4 also offers a host of unique features, such as searchable access to remote data using Google Desktop Search and the ability to respond to email and download or forward files to other recipients straight from the web interface, without the need to launch a remote control session.   Another feature designed specifically for mobile users, “Laplink Companion”, provides the ability to read and respond to downloaded email and manage PIM data while offline, then send emails and update PIM data when next online.

A 15-day free trial of Laplink Everywhere 4 is available at www.ll2go.com or www.laplink.com. Prices for Laplink Everywhere 4 are significantly lower than those of its competitors, with prices starting at just $8.95 per month or $44.95 per year. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Friday, May 20 2005 by ChrisD
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Proporta Announce the Release of Essential Accessories for the Dell Axim X50/X50v.

Always committed to providing all the accessories you need, Proporta has released a selection of products for the increasingly popular Dell Axim X50/X50v PDAs.

Firstly, for those of you who use an extended battery on their device, Proporta has released an Aluminium Case that’s suitable for use with the extended battery in place.

Made from the finest aircraft grade anodised Aluminium the Proporta Aluminium Case incorporates a soft neoprene lining that cushions the devise from internal knocks and scratches whilst it is securely held in the case. As the case has been precision-moulded for the Axim X50 and X50v, it includes cutouts for the major functions and ports as well as a fully removable belt clip.  As with all Proporta Aluminium Cases there is space for an SD card to be stored inside the case.

For added usability Proporta has released a USB Sync/Charge Cable that connects directly to the device allowing it to be connected to a PC or laptop to allow the unit to be either charged or synchronised.  Alternatively the UBS Sync/Charge Cable can be used in conjunction with an AC Mains Power Supply or Car Power Supply without removing the X50/X50v from the case.

Another vital accessory for many PDA owners is an Advanced Screen Protector.  Fully removable, washable and replaceable, the Proporta Advanced Screen Protector lessens glare and improves ‘feel’ when using the stylus.  As the screen of the X50v is slightly different to that of the X50, Proporta has released one for each device.

You can now register all Proporta branded products for Lifetime Warranty at www.proporta.com/lifetime.

As always, all Proporta purchases are covered by the company’s “never-argue” money-back guarantee.  If for any reason or no reason at all, you are not completely happy, Proporta will refund you in full or offer you a replacement – whichever you prefer. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, May 19 2005 by ChrisD
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Ready to rustle up some words?

Astraware and GameHouse, the team that brought you the highly-acclaimed Text Twist, are pleased to announce a brand new word game for handheld devices running Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC. Super Wild Wild Words is a Western-themed combination of word search and hangman, based on the popular PC and online game from GameHouse. Super Wild Wild Words is released on May 18th.

Super Wild Wild Words has two modes of play: Normal mode where players race against the clock to make as many words as possible before the board fills up, and Bonus mode where extra letters fall onto the play board as you make more words. Make longer words so the letters fall slower. Players aim to earn Sheriff's badges to guess a letter from the hangman word. Additional power pieces include Free Guess Keys and First Aid blocks, which give you back a body piece if you've made a wrong guess.

Media reactions to Super Wild Wild Words have already been very positive:

"I love word games, and have played a lot of them. I can honestly say that Super Wild Wild Words already easily ranks at the top of my list of favorites." - Jan Galbraith, Palm Addict

"Yet again, Astraware delivers the perfect blend of the familiar and unique with 'Super Wild Wild Words'! If you think you know this game, think again!" - Alan Williams, Daily Gadget

Super Wild Wild Words is suitable for color handhelds running Palm OS(R) or Windows Mobile(TM) for Pocket PC. The Windows Mobile(TM) version includes QVGA or full VGA graphics, dependent on device. The game is available now from the Astraware website: http://www.astraware.com, priced $19.95. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, May 19 2005 by ChrisD
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Kingston Launches New Ultimate Line of SD Cards

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. today announced the further expansion of its Secure Digital (SD) Card product line with the release of new ultra performing 'Ultimate' SD cards, initially shipping in 512-MB and 1-GB capacities. The new SD Ultimate cards offer significant performance benefits over the current Standard and Elite Pro lines of SD cards, including 133X supe -fast transfer rates of larger size files -- ideal for the shooting demands of professional digital photographers.

"Kingston developed the SD Ultimate line to give pro users and serious digital enthusiasts a greater array of choices for their digital media," said Mike Kuppinger, senior product manager, Kingston. "Our SD Ultimate cards provide superb performance to help users optimize their high-end digital equipment -- whether it's a digital camera, MP3 player or PDA," continued Kuppinger.

Nikon's new 6.1-Megapixel D50(TM) SLR is one of the first digital cameras to standardize on high performance SD cards. Targeting the broadest range of consumers, Nikon touts the D50 as the smallest, lightest and easiest-to-use Nikon digital SLR camera to date. The Nikon D50 is due in stores in June and Kingston will have SD Ultimate cards ready to support it.

"X" Speed Ratings

Many current devices are sold with an 'X' speed rating, much like CD-ROM drives, to give users a performance indicator of how fast the card can transfer (read and/or write) images. Some manufacturers use 'X' to indicate read or write speeds; others use both as 'data transfer' and a few manufacturers do not define their cards' speed at all. Kingston® X-speed ratings are based on 'write' speed and X-speed performance is a function of MegaBytes per second (MB/sec) of write speed. Higher X-speed ratings equal faster cards.

The SD Ultimate cards are the first to ship from Kingston's Ultimate family of digital media. Starting with the rollout of the SD Ultimate 512-MB card, part #: SD/512-U and SD Ultimate 1-GB card, part #: SD/1GB-U; the cards will have an MSRP of $72 and $164, respectively. The SD Ultimate line will be followed by CF Ultimate card offerings.

     Kingston SD Ultimate Features and Specifications:
     Capacities --   512 MB, 1GB
     Dimensions --   .94" x 1.25" x .08" (24mm X 32mm X 2.1 mm)
     Speed Rating** --   23MB/sec. read rate; 133X / 20MB/sec. write rate
     Operating Temperature --  32 degrees F to 140 degrees F
     (0 degrees C to 60 degrees C)
     Storage Temperature --  -4 degrees F to 185 degrees F
     (-20 degrees C --  85 degrees C)
     Standardized --   complies with SD Association specification standards
     Small --  about the size of a postage stamp
     Secure --  built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
     Simple --  as easy as plug-and-play
     Reliable --  lifetime warranty
     Economical --  low power consumption is easy on device's batteries
     Data Retention --  up to 10 years (Source: Press Relase, PRNewswire)

Posted Monday, May 16 2005 by ChrisD
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PhatNotes 4.5.3 released; Supports Windows Mobile 5.0

PhatNotes 4.5.3 Lite, Standard, Professional and Smartphone Editions - the new release of PhatWare’s award-winning notes organizer - is now available. With many powerful features, such as rich text editing and formatting, file attachments, hyperlinks between notes, multiple notes database support with tree-like views, hierarchical notes organizer among others, and many awards (including Pocket PC Magazine Best Application Awards for four consecutive years) PhatNotes is "THE program to have"* for any Pocket PC user! The newest PhatNotes version now supports Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, which was announced last week.

New features in PhatNotes 4.5.3:

* Support for Windows Mobile 5.0, see new screenshots at http://www.phatware.com/phatnotes/phatnotes2005.html

* Improved synchronization with Outlook: Outlook security warning will no longer appear during syhchronization (Standard and Smartphone Editions)

* Improved sychronization with desktop application (Professional and Smartphone Editions)

PhatNotes 4.5.3 is a free upgrade for all registered users of the corresponding Edition of PhatNotes 4.x. Registered users of older versions of PhatNotes can purchase PhatNotes upgrade at the reduced price. The upgrade policy can be found at http://www.phatware.com/support/upgradeinfo.html

New users can find detailed information about PhatNotes, download a free 30-day trial, or purchase a full copy of this exciting application by visiting PhatWare’s web site at http://www.phatware.com/phatnotes/index.html (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, May 16 2005 by ChrisD
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