Palm Develops Smartphone Companion
Palm Inc. recently released Palm Foleo, its smartphone companion product with a large screen and full-size keyboard for viewing and editing documents that reside on a PDA. The Foleo keeps information updated by staying synchronized automatically or manually with the smartphone. Foleo mobile companions work with Palms Treo smartphones, the Palm OS and Windows Mobile versions. Palm says RIM, Apple and Symbian systems likely can be supported, but the company will need to work with thirdparty developers to achieve that. The Foleo also can operate as a standalone computer. Its applications include e-mail, full-screen Web browser, and editors or viewers for programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.
BlackBerry, AT&T Roll Out BlackBerry Curve
AT&T Inc. and BlackBerry creator Research In Motion (RIM) have unveiled the BlackBerry Curve, a small, lightweight, QWERTY handset. AT&T is the exclusive carrier to offer the new product. The BlackBerry Curve features a 2-megapixel camera and email spell checker, as well as an Internet browser and media player. It also comes with AT&Ts music subscription service, a GPS program for mapping and driving directions, and push-to-talk functionality. The device further includes a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and support for Bluetooth stereo audio profile.
Vervata Upgrades FlexiSPY
Vervata Co. Ltd. has released new versions of its FlexiSPY mobile phone spy software for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and the latest Nokia Series 60 phones. FlexiSPY runs invisibly in the background and only can be accessed using a secret code. FlexiSPY LIGHT records all SMS messages, call logs and e-mails, as well as the device location. It then uploads the information via GPRS to a secure server for viewing and analysis. Users log into their Web accounts to access all phone activity recorded by FlexiSPY. FlexiSPY PRO includes all of the features of FlexiSPY LIGHT plus the ability to secretly switch the phones microphone on from any other phone, to listen in on a conversation.
RIM Unifies Its Smartphone With Company Handsets
Research In Motion (RIM) has unveiled the BlackBerry Mobile Voice System (MVS), which allows BlackBerry smartphone users to be securely authenticated to the enterprise PBX. A new menu interface lets BlackBerry smartphone users place, receive and manage enterprise calls from their handsets. The users caller ID extends to the handset so users can give out one phone number that simultaneously rings the desk phone and BlackBerry smartphone. Mobile users also are able to access desk phone functions such as transfer, park and extension dialing from the BlackBerry phone menu. MVS is comprised of BlackBerrys device software and enterprise server, and the Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite (software that interfaces with various PBXs). It relies on standard security features, IT policies and system management functionality.
Network Chemistry Upgrades RFprotect Mobile
Network Chemistry Inc. has introduced a new version of its RFprotect Mobile wireless analysis tool with GPS capabilities. This gives enterprises and government agencies an automated method for finding and tracking down rogue devices outside facility walls and keep wireless networks secure. The toolset is laptopbased and combines a database and audible proximity indicator for device locationing. The new version of RFprotect Mobile can coordinate with a GPS receiver card to produce a map of the signal strength from all access points in a given area. RFprotect Mobile with GPS capabilities is available now, and also as an upgrade to current users.