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Week of April 8, 2007

Dell's Axim folds, but company may be eyeing Palm purchase

'The PDA is dead. Long live the smart phone,' says analyst Jack Gold

Dell Inc. has stopped selling its Axim handheld computer line and will not discuss rumors that it may be gearing up to introduce a smart phone product by buying Palm Inc., a spokeswoman said today.

Officially, Dell pulled the Axim X51 products off its Web site and stopped selling them April 5, after first launching the Axim Pocket PC in 2002, said spokeswoman Jennifer Allison. Dell still shows the Axim product line on its Web site, although Allison said only add-on products are for sale.

She said there are no plans for a smart phone, although Dell is still selling Global Positioning System devices and smart phones from other makers. (Source: Matt Hamblen, ComputerWorld)

Posted Friday, April 13 2007 by ChrisD
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Panasonic's ToughBook CF-08: a 10.4-inch WinCE 5.0 tablet

Fancy yourself a tough guy? Then check the latest Panasonic ToughBook, the CF-08 tablet. No, not a Tablet PC, this slab goes Windows CE 5.0 for instant-on, near virus-free access and up to 14-hours off battery -- you know, just as long as you don't mind keeping the brightness to a min. The CF-08 brings a 1024 x 768 pixel, 10.4-inch touch-panel display capable of withstanding a fall from as high as 1.2-meters.  (Source: Thomas Ricker, Engadget, Impress)
Posted Thursday, April 12 2007 by ChrisD
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mVoice 5.5, now with voice activation

Advanced sound recorder for Windows Mobile PPC

With mVoice you can create voice memos with one easy press of a button and then keep your voice notes neatly organized and all in one convenient place. Voice Activation System (VAS) and advanced microphone gain control will allow you to record only the voice you really want to be recorded.

mVoice is optimized for Treo™ smartphones but works well on many other Windows Mobile Pocket PC phones.

Feature highlights:

  • New! Advanced Voice Activation System (VAS)
  • New! Adjustable input level (microphone gain control)
  • New! GSM codec support
  • New! Improved user interface
  • One button voice recording
  • Option to optimize recordings quality
  • Record directly to SD card
  • Send recordings as a e-mail attach directly from mVoice
  • Record in the background while using another application
  • Turn recordings into system alarms

    Price: $24.99  Upgrade for existing v5.x users is free of charge.

    Buy | More Info   (Source: Press Release)

  • Posted Tuesday, April 10 2007 by ChrisD
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    New SecuBox for Pocket PC v1.1 Protects Mobile Data

    April, 10, 2007 - Aiko Solutions releases version 1.1 of its Pocket PC encryption software - SecuBox for Pocket PC. SecuBox for Pocket PC creates an encrypted storage for all user passwords, corporate and customer data, credit card details, security codes, bank account numbers – all protected with industry standard AES 256-bit encryption. Now you can protect your mobile data with with no special knowledge or additional learning – without changing working habits or business routines. SecuBox ensures sensitive data will never end up with criminals or your competitors.

    SecuBox is aimed to overcome the drawbacks of the recently announced Windows Mobile 6.0 encryption and ensures appropriate data redundancy. With its new encryption key backup feature users will be able to get legitimate access to the encrypted storage cards even after Pocket PC hard reset or device malfunction. Encryption key backup also allows administrators to implement secure data recovery procedures in case users forget their password or partially damage the storage media.

    SecuBox creates a virtual encrypted storage on Pocket PC, which looks like a usual storage to the user. All information written to this encrypted storage is automatically encrypted on the fly. Decryption and encryption is totally transparent and requires no additional action from the user. It encrypts all sensitive information keeping it secure and protected, even in such catastrophic cases when the PDA is lost or stolen.


    * Advanced security algorithms - AES 256-bit encryption algorithm is used for encrypting the data, SHA 512 for generating the encryption key. No knowledge of encryption and cryptography required - designed for busy professionals that value their time.

    * Encryption key backup - The backup copy allows restoring the storage in the cases of password loss or if the storage file has been accidentally corrupted during the operating system failure.

    * Easy installation, maintenance and usage - SecuBox for Pocket PC seamlessly integrates into daily life requiring no change in the way users work with Pocket PC. No configuration or soft reset required.

    * On-the-fly transparent encryption - SecuBox creates encrypted virtual storages. When you open a file from a SecuBox secure storage the data is decrypted on-the-fly, when you save it back on the encrypted storage, the data is automatically encrypted.

    * Password strength meter - a good password is one that cannot be guessed. Our advanced algorithms for judging the password's quality will help you create a strong, hard-to-guess password to ensure that no one will ever get access to your encrypted information.

    * Secure storage deletion - ensures that deleted files will never be recovered by special recovery tools.

    * Change storage properties – encrypted storages can be assigned read only and hidden properties.

    * Multiple encrypted storages - up to 10 encrypted storages may be mounted at the same time.

    * System tray icon - allows you to quickly mount/unmount the encrypted storages

    * No backdoors - SecuBox for Pocket PC does not include backdoors or escrow keys. Neither we nor any other entities will be able to get access to the encrypted data - regardless of circumstances.

    Download a full featured 30-day trial from www.aikosolutions.com/download/

    Pricing: Business or Personal license costs USD 39.95, while educational institutions are eligible to special licensing scheme.

    Platforms: SecuBox supports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, Windows Mobile 6 Classic, Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition, Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 2002/2003/2003SE/2005, Windows CE 3.0/4.0/4.1/4.2/5.0, Handheld PC 2000 (Windows CE 3.0), Pocket PC /2002/2003/Phone Edition, Palm-size PC

    Learn more about Secubox for Pocket PC at http://www.aikosolutions.com/products/secubox-for-pocket-pc/  (Source: Press Release)

    Posted Tuesday, April 10 2007 by ChrisD
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