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Week of September 28, 2008

Best Software Awards 2008 Winners Announced

Best Software 2008 AwardsThe Winners in Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine’s Eighth Annual Best Software Awards for Windows Mobile software have been announced at www.Smartphonemag.com/Awards. Eighty members of the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine Board of Experts judged 936 Windows Mobile products in 194 Pocket PC and Smartphone categories. Winners are also listed in the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine 2009 Resource Guide first seen late November.

From the Publisher of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine, Hal Goldstein
"The annual Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine Best Software Awards helps users select software that best suits their Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone needs by honoring companies that produce outstanding software. The awards process is a huge 6-month undertaking involving the experts of the Windows Mobile community starting with over 15,000 Pocket PC and Smartphone products."

The Awards Process
Nominations Manager, Werner Ruotsalainen, and the Board of Expert judges spent two months selecting 936 award nominees, about 20% of the software in the Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine Encyclopedia of Software and Accessories.

The Board of Experts
The Board of Experts voted for the finalists and winners are from all over the world. They run prominent Web Sites, serve as Microsoft MVPs, and write for Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine and other organizations. These experts all are volunteers and none are employed by Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine.

Winners & Finalists listed in last issue of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine -- available in new Knowledge Bundle
The Knowledge Bundle contains 2009 Resource Guide (last issue) with Awards Winners & Finalists, GPS, How-tos and Accessories sections, 100-page How-to Guide, Back-Issues of Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine and a 15% discount on all Windows Mobile software.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Friday, October 3 2008 by ChrisD
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VNC goes mobile

VNC offers two-way remote control for mobile devices including Symbian, Microsoft Mobile, iPhone, Linux and Blackberry platforms.

RealVNC, the home of VNC remote control software, has extended its flagship VNC Enterprise Edition product to mobile devices.  VNC now supports a wide range of mobile handsets and PDAs including Symbian, Microsoft Mobile, iPhone, Linux and Blackberry platforms, with support for additional platforms to follow.

As well as providing remote control and management of PCs from mobile devices, for the first time it will be possible for a system administration department to support and maintain its organization’s mobile devices using VNC.

RealVNC will be previewing VNC for mobile platforms at the Symbian Smartphone Show http://www.smartphoneshow.com/ from 21-22 October in London.  A beta program will follow and products are due early 2009.

VNC Enterprise Edition already provides a powerful, secure and robust, cross-platform remote control solution for Windows, UNIX and Mac, allowing one computer to take full control of another, regardless of operating system or location.  With this new support for mobile platforms, VNC users will also be able to access and control any PC or workstation via their mobile phone or PDA.  Conversely, VNC will allow someone at a computer to control and manage any number of mobile devices, anywhere in the world. 

“As mobile devices become more sophisticated and IP connectivity to them improves, they are increasingly being used to perform core business functions.  Remotely accessing a PC desktop from a mobile device has obvious benefits for individual users, and is now possible through our full range of VNC viewers for mobiles,” says Dr Andy Harter, CEO at RealVNC.  “But perhaps more useful is the ability to manage the mobile device and the business applications running on it remotely.  Our range of VNC servers for mobiles makes this possible too.”

Dr Harter adds: “IT departments and third-party support agencies are facing the challenge of managing the growing cloud of mobile devices that are appearing within corporate networks.  With VNC, system administrators will be able to take control of a mobile device anywhere in the world, remotely configure or troubleshoot a problem, and offer remote assistance and training on how to use the device and its applications.  Remote control of mobiles is also of great interest to network operators, who currently have few effective tools to support customers with handset problems.”  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, October 2 2008 by ChrisD
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Aiko SecuWipe to Securely Erase Sensitive Smartphone Data

Aiko Solutions, Europe’s leading Windows Mobile security software developer, today announced the public release of SecuWipe, the first data erasure utility for PDAs and Smartphones. Operating Smartphones poses a great risk since they can store a treasure-trove of corporate and personal information. Standard "deletion" and even a "hard reset" do not completely wipe data off the device, with the result that sensitive information can still be easily retrieved by using special recovery software. SecuWipe overwrites data with U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) compliant methods thus making data truly erased and unrecoverable.

SecuWipe is an advanced software utility to securely sanitize data on Windows Mobile Pocket PCs,   Smartphones and Windows CE handhelds. Whether to clean the Smartphone before recycling or to remove traces of online activity, SMS and calls records, SecuWipe is the best choice for those who want to avoid security breaches and protect customer privacy. The program employs different data sanitizing algorithms, including zero-filling, U.S. DoD 5220.22-M method, Bruce Schneie's algorithm, and Peter Gutman's algorithm.

SecuWipe will securely erase:
- Contacts
- Email, SMS, MMS messages
- Calls
- Appointments, Tasks
- Notes, Recordings
- Internet Cache, Cookies and History
- Free Space
- SD card(s)
- Files and Folders

SecuWipe runs on Windows Mobile Professional and Classic (6.0/6.1), Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, Pocket PC 2000/2002/2003SE.  SecuWipe supports all Smartphones from Windows Mobile Standard (6.0/6.1), to as low as Smartphone 2002. Windows CE 3.0/4.0/4.1/4.2/5.0/5.2 handhelds are supported as well. Versions for ARM, MIPS, SH3, SH4, X86 processor types are supported.

Pricing and Availability
SecuWipe is available as a demo version at no cost, and it can be downloaded from www.aikosolutions.com. A single-user license can be securely purchased online for USD $39.95. Volume and academic pricing is available upon request. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, October 2 2008 by ChrisD
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Windows Mobile 6.1 clears Federal security hurdle

Microsoft announced that Windows Mobile 6.1 has received an important U.S. Federal security certification. "Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2+ (EAL2+)" certification means the operating system can potentially be used in combat and reconnaissance missions, battlefield medical triage, logistical support, and other secure operations, Microsoft says.  (Source: Windows For Devices)
Posted Wednesday, October 1 2008 by ChrisD
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RNDIS exploit in ActiveSync provides command line access to PCs

Ruh-roh Shaggy. From the clues provided it looks like having ActiveSync installed on your Windows XP machine is a crime. Unless you like leaving your computer open to be exploited that is. Apparently, the addition of RNDIS or Remote Network Driver Interface Specification in AS 4.x was meant to be used only for good. It allows you to sync data through IP packets over USB, for example. That's good. Turns out that RNDIS can be used for bad, bad, bad things too.   (Source: jkOnTheRun)


Posted Wednesday, October 1 2008 by ChrisD
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i-mate Ultimate 6150 First Looks

In all honesty, the i-mate 6150 presents itself as a device that comes with the right stuff: powerful processor and sufficient memory to tackle its workload, good battery stamina and basic connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and HSDPA, sans the now commonly sighted GPS. Nonetheless, there are also a few things to consider such as its bulky and heavier exterior, but the burning question from consumers is how much you'll have to shell out for the 6150's capabilities. The answer: this device looks to be comfortable on the wallet, with a very reasonable price tag of S$798 without contract for a relatively no-frills device that gets the job done.  (Source: Hardware Zone)


Posted Wednesday, October 1 2008 by ChrisD
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Airscanner Firewall 3.5 Released

Airscanner Firewall 3.5 represents our answer to the many people out there who have requested a product that can be used by parents or employers to help manage the device, and people they are responsible for. Specifically, this release of our firewall gives the device owner full control over how the data connection is used. So, don't miss our introductory sale (see below for details).

No longer do employers have to worry about what websites or emails their Windows Mobile users are viewing and downloading. Through the implementation of a tightly controlled and password protected rule set, the device owner can specify what web sites and/or services their users are allowed to use.

Examples:
*A parent who wants to restrict all data access to their child mobile device.
*Employers who only want their employees to visit corporate web sites and download company email.
*Educators who want to ensure school provided PDA's are used for their intended purposes.

While most parents, educators, and corporate administrators are currently managing how their desktop PC are being used, little is done with regard to the mobile device - which can end now. With Airscanner's Firewall 3.5 the power is firmly placed back into the hands of those who are responsible.

For questions, assistance or comments please visit http://airscanner.com/contact/. It is rare that you won't hear back from us within hours - if not minutes. (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, September 30 2008 by ChrisD
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Palm Treo Pro Review

When we reviewed the Palm Treo 750 more than 1.5 years ago, it was a good phone with great ergonomics and Palm's usability touches that lacked competitive features like WiFi and a GPS. 1.5 years is a very long time in terms of consumer electronics and cell phones, and now we finally have a Windows Mobile Treo with all the trimmings, but minus the original Treo's wonderful palm-friendly (no pun intended) design, great keyboard and software tweaks. Funny how we can't have it both ways. That's not to say that the HTC-built Palm Treo Pro is a bad product by any means, but for those of you who are in love with Palm's special sauce-- it ain't here. There's no VCR-like screen controls for voicemail, no photo speed dial on the home screen and the custom applications like Comm Manager and the streaming media player are HTC's, not Palm's.   (Source: Lisa Gade, MobileTechReview.com)
Posted Monday, September 29 2008 by ChrisD
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