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Week of January 7, 2007

Further Information on the Pocket PC MMS Exploit

We have done further study on the MMS exploit discovered by Collin Mulliner.

The exploit affects most Pocket PC phone edition and Windows Mobile devices that use versions of ArcSoft MMS composer predating August 2006.

Fortunately, most vendors are providing updates that patch the vulnerability, but unfortunately they don't necessarily mention this in their updates. If you are unsure whether your phone vendor is providing the update, we recommend checking the vendors support page and contacting them if they don't have information available.  (Source: Jarno, FSecure Weblog)


Posted Saturday, January 13 2007 by ChrisD
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Pocket Stock Monitor is your newest investment companion.

Use Pocket Stock Monitor to monitor the stock markets and the performance of your favourite stocks while you work or when you're mobile.

When you are working in your office, put your PocketPC in its cradle and use Pocket Stock Monitor to continuously monitor your stocks and the stock markets. Glance at your PocketPC every once in a while to see how your stocks and the markets are doing. When you're on the road, connect wirelessly using your PocketPC Phone Edition and get stock quotes anywhere, any time!  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Saturday, January 13 2007 by ChrisD
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MobiForms 3.1 Now Automates The Development Of Mobile Applications From Design To Deployment

The team at MobiForms are proud to announce the release of MobiForms 3.1. This release now includes a new Deployment Wizard for Pocket PC, Windows CE and Windows Mobile. With the Deployment Wizard a user can manage the development of a mobile application from design right through to deployment on to the mobile device without having to worry about manually configuring complicated files.

New features also include SMTP email commands so that a mobile application can send emails directly from a button, and improved support for the Mysaifu and IBM J9 Java environments.

MobiForms is a rapid application development tool for building Java based mobile applications for almost any kind of mobile computer or PDA including Tablet PC, Pocket PC, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, EPOC, Symbian and Palm. MobiForms revolutionises the creation of mobile applications by reducing the development time from days to minutes. With MobiForms you do not need to know a single line of Java, but you can develop professional applications for asset collection, field service, inspection, market research, site surveys, stock control or workshop repair, quickly and seamlessly using the intuitive MobiForms drag and drop interface and tie the data back easily to corporate systems.

MobiForms can be downloaded from the MobiForms web site at http://www.mobiforms.com.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Friday, January 12 2007 by ChrisD
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Transportation Giant Takes Lotus Notes on the Move

 The adoption of CommonTime’s™ mSuite wireless Lotus® Notes® mobility solution has been a resounding success for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America. J.B Hunt provides safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico.

   J.B. Hunt needed to find a Lotus® Notes® synchronization product that would allow its executive and sales teams to be more productive, enabling them to receive and answer their emails on the move and out in the field. After testing several other products, J.B. Hunt sought a future-proof, stable and reliable solution that was specifically engineered for Lotus® Notes® from the ground up.

   CommonTime’s mSuite software was the perfect solution for the J.B.Hunt mobile communication challenge. Dead time was transformed into productive time for the mobile executive and sales teams, who needed to access and interact with Lotus® Notes®. They can now receive updates over the air to a handheld while in areas where it is not convenient to open a laptop.


   “We have enabled our mobile workforce to be more productive during usually unproductive times.  Now, our CommonTime users can gain timely information and respond to it while traveling, transitioning between meetings, or while on idle personal time,” explained Brandon Stanley, manager of Client Engineering for J.B. Hunt. “Although productivity is not easily quantifiable, surveys with our people in the field indicate there have been significant gains.”

   J.B. Hunt will continue to roll out more devices where it makes business sense.  The company is currently evaluating the handheld version of its sales force automation software and is also developing handheld solutions for the maintenance shops and driving force.

   For further information, and to request the full case study please contact:    http://www.commontime.com     [email protected]  (Source: Press Release


Posted Friday, January 12 2007 by ChrisD
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Boxwave Announces HTC P3300 FlexiSkin, i-mate K-JAM Styra and HTC Trinity FlexiSkin

BoxWave releases the FlexiSkin skin case for the HTC P3300!

BoxWave's Flexi Skin for the HTC P3300 is an ultra low profile skin case designed for complete usability. Precision constructed with anti-static material, the Flexi Skin skin case provides reliable protection from unwanted dust and accidental bumps. It comes in your choice of five colors: Coral Pink, Frosted Clear, Future Blue, Jet Black, and Smoke Grey. This lets you customize the color of your HTC P3300!

Protect your HTC P3300 with the anti-dust skin case from the award winning leader in handheld accessories. Experience the Flexi Skin skin case by BoxWave today!

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/flexiskin/flexiskin-htc-p3300_2421.htm


BoxWave releases the Styra stylus for the i-mate K-Jam!

More than a stylus, BoxWave’s Styra provides both a ballpoint pen and reset pin for a great multi-function stylus!  All these additional functionalities fit perfectly into your handheld's built-in stylus holder.  Its durable construction and retractable design makes a perfect replacement stylus.   It is the ultimate stylus upgrade!

Compatible with:

• HTC Wizard
• i-mate K-JAM
• O2 XDA mini Pro
• O2 XDA Mini S
• Orange SPV M3000
• Qtek 9100
• T-Mobile MDA (US Vario)

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/styraballpointpen/styra-ballpoint-pen-stylus-i-mate-k-jam_734.htm


BoxWave releases the FlexiSkin skin case for the HTC Trinity!

BoxWave's Flexi Skin for the HTC Trinity is an ultra low profile skin case designed for complete usability. Precision constructed with anti-static material, the Flexi Skin skin case provides reliable protection from unwanted dust and accidental bumps. It comes in your choice of five colors: Coral Pink, Frosted Clear, Future Blue, Jet Black, and Smoke Grey. This lets you customize the color of your HTC Trinity!

Protect your HTC Trinity with the anti-dust skin case from the award winning leader in handheld accessories. Experience the Flexi Skin skin case by BoxWave today!
Compatible with:

• Dopod D810
• HTC P3600
• HTC Trinity
• Orange SPV M700

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/flexiskin/flexiskin-htc-trinity_2413.htm  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Friday, January 12 2007 by ChrisD
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Virtual Spaghetti Releases Vspainter 1.5 for Windows Mobile

Virtual Spaghetti, specialisied for developing professional multi-plateforms handled softwares releases Vspainter 1.5 - the new painting and illustration software for Windows Mobile Pocket PC.

Virtual Spaghetti Vspainter 1.5 proposes a major update, features advanced and uniques tools to help you create your digital masterpieces with your Handled device.
Desing and save your creations in an easy way. With Vspainter, get right into painting by using many standard and special brushs, making special effects including many tools like the new useful and improved finger tools.

Vspainter is also able to create, store and view in real time, your preview creations with multiples pages.

What's new is the major updates version 1.5:
- General Speed Improved : 2 times faster.
- New improved Finger Tool : 50x Faster and more realistic.
- Better interface with flying windows.
- Loading Pictures JPEG
- Clone/Memo Stamps tools
- Clone Drawing Axis X/Y
- Flip Screen Horizontal / Vertical
- Zoom Screen 2x / 4x and 8x
- Change Colors RGB / Brightness / Contrast
- Colors manual selection
- 2 new colors palette
- Better support of the transparancy
- Support Vga Squared Screen ( 480 x 480 )
- Fix some interface bugs

Pricing and availability : Vspainter 1.5 is currently available in English and French for Trial, or Vspainter can be purchased for 24,95$ USD at Handango.com, Mobihand.com, PocketGear.com, Clickapps.com, Mobile2day.de, PocketLand.de and PdaTopSoft.com

Further Information regarding Vspainter 1.5 can be found at the Virtual Spaghetti website:
http://vspainter.virtualspaghetti.com  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, January 10 2007 by ChrisD
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Virtual Spaghetti Releases Vsnotepad 1.8 for Windows Mobile

Virtual Spaghetti, specialised for developing professional multi-plateforms handled softwares release Vsnotepad 1.8 - the professional and personal notepad for Windows Mobile Pocket PC.

The concept of Virtual Spagheti Vsnotepad 1.8 is to note, change pages and view your notes like a true notepad. Easy to use, powerful and complete. Vsnotepad is adapted to the professional or personal situations. Including a really unique and useful calculator tool. Draw, notes and calculate in the same time in a very fast and easy way.

New Features in version 1.8:
- Save with a nice rendered result your notes in jpeg format.
- Support VGA squred screen ( 480 x 480 )
- Multiple Undo
- Fix some bugs in some devices.

The current Features are:
- Compatible Windows Mobile 5.0
- Squared Screen support ( 240 x 240 / 480 x 480 )
- Better support for landscape mode
- Designed to be like a true notepad.
- Optimized graphic interface.
- Full screen mode
- Smoothed and detailed notes
- Compatible QVGA / VGA
- Calculator Tool
- Color Selection
- Fast create and change pages method
- Show current time
- Detection of the level of battery
- Compatible Phone Edition
- Multiple undo
- Save your notes in Jpeg format
- English / French interface.

Pricing and availability : Vsnoteapd 1.8 is currently available in English and French for Trial, or Vspainter can be purchased for 14.95$ USD / 14,95€ Euro at Handango.com, Mobihand.com, PocketGear.com, Clickapps.com, Mobile2day.de, Pocketland.de and PdaTopSoft.com

Further Information regarding Vsnoteapd 1.8 can be found at the Virtual Spaghetti website:
http://vsnotepad.virtualspaghetti.com  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, January 10 2007 by ChrisD
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NS Basic/CE 7.0 released!

We are happy to announce that NS Basic/CE 7.0 is ready. Major new features include support for Vista, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and new language features.

Here is what's new in 7.0. The complete list of changes is in the ReadMe.

 1. Windows Vista support added.
 2. Support for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 devices added.
 3. Language enhanced with Classes and Regular Expressions.
 4. ActiveX Controls: ToolBox now shows new controls.
 5. ActiveX Controls: ActiveX Control Manager now shows all coClasses of controls.
 6. ActiveX Controls: New controls are in the default list in ActiveX Control Manager.
 7. ActiveX Controls: Microsoft's CE controls now have their own installers: MSCEControls..
 8. ActiveX Controls: New SerialTools control, replacing MSCEComm.dll. More robust, BlueTooth support added. See Tech Note 5.
 9. ActiveX Controls: New NSBComDlg.dll control, replacing the buggy MSCEComDlg control. See Tech Note 4.
10. ActiveX Controls: New NSBControls.dll control, replacing MSCEListView.dll and MSCEImageList.dll. See Tech Notes 11 and 12.
11. ActiveX Controls: NSBWin32.dll replaces MGCEWin32.dll. See Tech Note 16.
12. ActiveX Controls: New SQLite 3 Control, replaces SQLite 2. See Tech Note 15.
13. Device Installers: 'ARM42' installer renamed 'WinCE' to more accurately reflect the devices supported.
14. Device Installers: Install to \%ce1%\ instead of Program Files. Works better on non-English systems.
15. Documentation: Handbook updated extensively.
16. Documentation: Help file format changed from hlp to chm format.
17. Documentation: New Tech Note 19 on Regular Expressions.
18. Documentation: New Tech Note 29 on Classes.
19. Documentation: New Tech Notes on SerialTools (05), SQLite3 (15), NSBComDlg (04), ListView (12) and ImageList (11).
20. Documentation: Tech Notes renumbered.
21. Documentation: ReadMe is now on the Help menu - people might read it!
22. IDE: Code Window: More keywords are colored.
23. IDE: Code Window: Intrinsic controls now show hints for methods as well as properties.
24. IDE: PropertiesList control updated - more properties show for ActiveX objects.
25. IDE: Save will always save as .nsb, unless you use Save as TXT option.
26. IDE: Scrrun.dll is no longer used - less complaints from anti-virus software.
27. Language: New GetRef function - See Language Reference.
28. Language: New Class Object - See Language Reference.
29. Language: New Escape, Unescape Functions - See Language Reference.
30. Language: New ExecuteGlobal function - See Language Reference.
31. Language: New GetLocale, SetLocale function - See Language Reference.
32. Language: New With statement - See Language Reference.
33. Language: New SpecialFolder function. See below.
34. Runtime: Max number of args on a DECLARE increased from 10 to 20.
35. Virtual CE is no longer distributed with NS Basic/CE. (See Readme!)

There are also documentation updates, new samples and bug fixes. Be sure to read the ReadMe for complete information. There are backwards compatibility restrictions, so keep a backup of your current projects. Did we mention you should look at the ReadMe? <http://www.nsbasic.com/ce/info/Readme.htm>

Complete details on the upgrade are here: <http://www.nsbasic.com/ce/PR/pr.061214.html>

The upgrade is free to all registered users who bought NS Basic/CE after November 1, 2006. If you bought before that date, we once again have special upgrade pricing for you. Order your upgrade here: <http://www.nsbasic.com/orderupgrade.shtml>  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, January 9 2007 by ChrisD
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Kingston Technology Releases microSD Dual Adapter Pack to Maximize Mobile Flash Card Ease of Use, Flexibility

New microSD to mini-, Standard-size SD Bundle Simplifies Multiple Card Formats for Mobile Users

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is launching a special microSD card with dual adapter bundle to maximize compatibility and interoperability of microSD Flash memory cards among multiple device platforms. Given the myriad of Flash memory formats available to digital device manufacturers and the gain in popularity of the tiny microSD form factor with sleeker multifunction mobile phones, the new dual adapter pack is the first of its kind to offer increased flexibility for using microSD cards at a cost savings to consumers.

"With microSD cards being utilized in many multifunction handsets, we saw an opportunity to create a very practical product — costing considerably less than buying three different memory card formats of the same capacity — that helps people get the most out of their phones' microSD cards. Now, consumers can use the miniSD or standard SD card adapter with a microSD card to enjoy music, pictures and videos or easily transport files from the mobile phone to an MP3 player, digital camera, PC or printer,” said Jean Wong, Flash memory product manager, Kingston®. "The new Kingston microSD dual adapter pack lets consumers do more with a single card investment and provides a win-win to retailers with fewer SKUs to stock,” continued Wong. 

Consisting of a 1 GB microSD card; a microSD to miniSD card adapter; and a microSD to full-size SD card adapter, the new microSD dual adapter pack, Kingston part number #: (SDC/1GB-2ADP), is priced at $39.99 (MSRP U.S.) and is backed by a lifetime warranty for the 1 GB microSD card and 24/7 technical support.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, January 9 2007 by ChrisD
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Faster, Sleeker and More Powerful:  Palm and Cingular Wireless Deliver the Treo 750 Smart Device

First 3G Treo World Phone on Cingular's Leading Network and Windows Mobile
Offers Blazing Speeds, Security and Business Productivity

Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Cingular Wireless today announced the first Palm® Treo(TM) smart device running on Cingular's 3G/UMTS network, providing mobile professionals with an exceptional phone experience and blazing-fast download speeds in U.S. markets and in dozens of countries around the world. The highly anticipated Treo 750 five-band world phone(1) running Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push Technology offers Palm's exclusive usability improvements with powerful business features, including email, security, and web access on the go.(2)

"Designed with the business customer in mind, the Treo 750 brings together the speed of Cingular's BroadbandConnect service and broad solutions portfolio with Palm's hallmark ease of use and functionality on top of the familiar Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system,” said Michael Woodward, executive director, mobile professional solutions, for Cingular Wireless. "The new Treo 750 will deliver that extra edge that all customers are looking for to take their business to the next level, whether they are on the other side of town, across the country or halfway around the world.”

The Treo 750 combines the Palm experience of a multifunction mobile phone with email, messaging, web browsing, organization software and a robust application portfolio with Cingular's next-generation 3G network. Its new compact design features an internal antenna, soft-touch finish, and contoured edges to make it comfortable in the hand. The Treo 750 also has a full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a bright 240x240 touch screen and support for Bluetooth® stereo headsets. The built-in 60MB of user-available storage can be enhanced by using the miniSD slot to add memory cards of up to 2GB, which are great for storing data, photos, music and video.

Companies of all sizes have been awaiting the arrival of the Treo 750. Charles Hoyt, executive director of information technology for MedPointe Pharmaceuticals, plans to deploy Treo 750 smart devices to company employees as soon as they are available. "This is a next-generation smart device,” he said. "I've tried many other devices and none of them can compete with the form factor, network, voice quality and software features of the Treo 750. I just can't say enough about the device; it's a pleasure to use.”

The Palm Experience on Windows Mobile

In addition to delivering a great phone with easy one-handed access to key features, Palm offers a unique suite of software enhancements to Windows Mobile, including the following:
• New messaging application, with the highly requested threaded chat view for text and MMS messages;
• Today Screen enhancements, which feature the ability to "dial by name” with a few keystrokes on the keyboard, perform a web search directly from the Today Screen and perform one-touch dialing with personalized photo speed dials;
• Ability to manage a call directly from the Today Screen and stay on top of voicemail with on-screen, VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and fast-forward controls for easy navigation; and
• Capability to ignore a call and quickly send a text message such as "In a meeting” or "Can't talk right now” by selecting the "Ignore with text” option from the incoming call screen.

"Being able to take your 'office' on the road is a competitive advantage for any mobile professional,” said Tara Griffin, vice president of Palm's business with Cingular Wireless. "Together with Cingular Wireless, we are delivering a powerful, all-in-one business tool that offers excellent voice and data capabilities with quick access to desktop information such as email, files and other business applications -- all this with the Palm experience that makes customers' lives easier and more productive.”

Business Productivity Features

With Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition, users get a desktoplike experience on their Treo 750, including access to mobile versions of Windows Media Player 10, Internet Explorer, and Outlook applications in addition to the ability to view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files and view PowerPoint and PDF files. The Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) is available out of the box with the Treo 750 and includes Direct Push Technology, which gives users connected to a Microsoft Exchange Server fast, automatic wireless updates of their email, calendar items, contacts and tasks.(3) It provides added security features for IT administrators, such as over-the-air password policy enforcement and remote wipe for lost or stolen devices. MSFP also gives users over-the-air lookup of a company's Global Address List (GAL), providing employees with quick access to colleagues' email and contact information. The Treo 750 offers mobile professionals other corporate email options, including streamlined access to Microsoft Exchange or Domino/Notes using Good Mobile Messaging or personal email with Cingular Xpress Mail.

"We are proud to work with Cingular and Palm to bring the first Windows Mobile powered Treo running on a 3G GSM network to the United States,” said Scott Horn, general manager, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. "The familiarity of Windows Mobile, combined with Cingular's 3G network and the Palm experience, delivers a great phone that's easy to use, fast and will help people stay connected to the information they care about.”

Cingular's UMTS-based technology natively supports simultaneous voice and data, allowing users to download email or browse the web while making a phone call or checking voicemail. Cingular's 3G service is available currently in more than 160 major metropolitan areas. Outside of Cingular's 3G coverage area, users can seamlessly connect with Cingular's nationwide EDGE wireless data network.

The Palm Treo 750 initially will be enabled for UMTS with a free upgrade, scheduled to be available later in 2007, to Cingular's supercharged HSDPA technology. UMTS/HSDPA is a global standard and natural 3G evolutionary path for GSM providers with 142 UMTS networks in 61 countries currently available.

For the frequent business traveler, Cingular also offers the TeleNav GPS Navigator(TM) solution (sold separately) so users of the Treo 750 can get turn-by-turn voice and on-screen GPS directions directly on their device for use when driving or walking.

Pricing and Availability

The Treo 750 will be available Jan. 8 for consumers and businesses at Cingular Wireless retail stores, online at www.cingular.com and through Cingular's B2B sales organization. It will be available for $399.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate. A variety of monthly data plans will be available, including unlimited plans starting as low as $39.99/month. The Treo 750 joins the recently announced Treo 680 in Cingular's product portfolio.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, January 9 2007 by ChrisD
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