Bluefire Security Technologies Showcases Secure Government Wireless Handheld Dev…

Bluefire Security TechnologiesTM today announced a working relationship with HP to accelerate the adoption of secure, wireless handheld technologies in government organizations. The companies will demonstrate their integrated solution at FOSE 2004, which combines Bluefire’s flagship wireless security product, Mobile Firewall Plus, with HP iPAQ handheld devices. JC

BVS Ships Yellowjacket 802.11A Test Receiver

Yellowjacket 802.11a Wi-Fi receiver system uses a custom receiver, custom software and interfaces with an iPAQ 3800, 3900 or 5400 series giving Yellowjacket the distinction of being the only true RF analysis and direction finding tool accurate to within 1 dB. Berkeley’s newest 5 GHz calibrated receiver measures all 8 OFDM network channels operating on the IEEE 802.11a standard allowing the user to determine the AP (Access Point), SSID and RSSI signal levels of all access points on or off any 802.11a WISP or Hotspot. Yellowjacket includes an iPAQ PocketPC model 5455, 5 GHz antenna, Ni-MH fast charger, spare batteries, interface cable and Bird’s Eye Indoor Mapping Software Demo disc. Available options include true direction finding antenna and Bird’s Eye indoor/outdoor AP signal coverage mapping software.

Wireless in San Diego

From the other side of the hotel, Cooper answers, “Got it,” and taps a series of commands onto a wireless-enabled Compaq iPaq handheld. Scarcely a minute later, the blocks on Simental’s computer screen change colors, showing that Gloria De La Fuente has “logged out” of the first floor and is headed to a different floor to help get newly vacated rooms ready for the next guests.

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Which is the best blue tooth headset to buy? I just got my verizon 6600 and I wanted to buy a better headset than teh one the Verizon store sold. Well it turns out there are dozens of them and at least some of them support the 6600 for voice dialing. I am overwhelmed. I want the one that has the best features (I don’t care what it costs if it is worth it). Has anyone analyzed these choices for bluetooth headsets or do you know a good place to get a concise analysis?
 
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I really like the Motorola HS810. Works great, and best feature is the closable boom mike. Makes the HS smaller to fit in pocket better, and when closed the device is turned off so no battery is used…
To turn back on, simply open the boom mike again…

 
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Thanks Kevwol. Does the HS810 support voice dial?

 
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Check out the HS850 too! (1.2 BT capable) and will soon replace the previous model. Same options. Closable, etc.

 
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You might also want to look at the GN 6210 (same company that makes Jabra). This headset will connect with your cell phone, but can all support your office phone at the same time. You can actually answer your cell and your office phone from the same headset. Very cool…

 

How Tough Is Your Skin?

The Rhino Skin is made of 100% anodized aluminum and its padded interior protects screen and function buttons. The design gives easy access to your stylus, SD card and the microphone jack when the case is closed. The IR port is exposed for easy data transfer and the record a memo button is easily accessed. The bottom of the case has a “cut out” for connection with the sync cable or charger eliminating the need for removal of the device to perform those functions.

Opening the form fitting cover, you have total access to all of the function buttons which is not necessarily so with other types of cases…leather or aluminum. The inside of the front cover has an internal SD card holder. The holder has a very simple and unique design for inserting the SD…I was impressed! The included “Rhinoclip” has a removable post if you choose not to use the belt clip system.

There was a StuffBak” Loss Protection label included in the package. I had no idea what that was but reading the label I found out that if I lost my iPAQ this service will provide a reward for the return of the device plus anything additional you might want to give. There is a small charge for shipping and handling if your device is found and returned…not a bad price to get back invaluable information stored on your device.

I was impressed with the look of the anodized aluminum and the neat “cut outs” that were perfectly placed. The hinged cover has a near perfect fit, better than anyone could possibly expect. Absolute amazement is the only description I can give for the closeness of the tolerances of the cover when it is closed. This is a company that believes in their warranty: “Saunders products are guaranteed to be free from defects due to workmanship or material and to provide one year of normal service to the user. If any such defects appear, replacement will be made without charge”. They won’t ship it if it is not perfect…and it is!

What impressed me the most was the unique means that they used to “lock in place” your device when it was inserted into the Rhino Skin case. The back of my 1940 has two recessed screws at the top rear of the case. The Rhino Skin case has two tabs with two Teflon “bumps” that are matched to sit in the recessed holes (picture on page one). When the device is inserted, the Teflon bumps lock the device in the case…very nice!

Good looks…ruggedized protection…slim and sleek look and feel. This is one light weight heavy duty case that you will be very happy with!

Cost: $34.95

Pro’s

Light weight Perfect fit Excellent interior cushioning Removable post for belt clip Finish of the case is classy (I’m sitting here trying to think of a con…guess what, there are none!)

Saunders

Founded with the patented Titanium Slider, RhinoSkin has provided the ultimate in protective PDA cases, setting an industry benchmark. RhinoSkin offers a complete line of PDA cases ranging from Molded Aluminum and Titanium to Premium Leathers and Synthetic Sport Cases. Using core technology from our 50 plus years of manufacturing, Saunders engineered a complete line of PDA cases designed to protect handheld devices and improve the functionality for users. The use of handheld devices is growing every year in all areas of business, education and government. As these devices expand and take on new form factors and new technologies, Saunders will continue to develop the broadest line of cases for these devices, under the RhinoSkin brand, designed to meet the users needs.

You can visit the Saunders Rhino Skin site here.

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signal strength / data rate on Verizon

satsfied verizon user for 2 yrs… then I got the 6600. isthis happening to anyone else? everywhere I go, signal strength is much lower than with my old phone. I have dropped calls for the first time in two years. outdoors not bad, indoors very noticeable difference from old phone. data rate can vary extremely. 2 areas supposedly on broadband had 70 and 30 kbs indoors. verizon says rate varies w/ signal, so I’m back to that again.

I’m on my second phone w/ identical results. anyone else having these issues?

 
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I am only using the data plan right now but I have found places in my area where I can’t connect with the xv6600 but I can surf with a bluetooth connection between my v710 and ux50. Disappointing!

 
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sprint vs verizon

forgot to mention, I had the 6600 from sprint and verizon at the same time. the sprint phone had consistently good signal where verizon was low. because I’m confident in verizon, I assume the problem is the 6600 on the verizon network.

by the way, not to credit sprint data rate. they were the expected 50-70 kbs, also with big decrease indoors. their claim is to have 144kbs by yr end, while verizon claims most or all US 300-500kbs by then

 
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I find the VZW XV6600 to have better voice signal than any other I had. There are spots that I have always had drop off and spots that I always would not get an incoming call, but just the voice mail. With the XV6600, these bad areas are not a factor. The Treo was horrible and even worse than just the known problem spots I just described.

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Spb – Full Screen Keyboard

I have had my Full Screen Keyboard for several weeks and I finally feel ready to write a review. Not that it takes this long to do a review but I believe that you really need to use a program, understand it, and get a feel for it before you write about it. So for the past couple of weeks I have used it almost everyday. Today, I decided that if I were going to do a review, then I would use the Full Screen Keyboard as I wrote it.

Full Screen Keyboard is a software input program that allows you to easily enter text using your thumbs. The program has the look of a typewriter and for me that was pretty cool. The layout is very close to a full QWERTY keyboard; it has a few “extra” keys placed for navigation, a function key for some special characters, caps and tab keys located at the bottom of the screen, and lastly, a “viewer” at the top to see what text you are typing. Of course, like any keyboard, you have several registers that you can access by pressing the shift/caps or Fn keys. There are a few “extra” characters that I wish my desktop keyboard had!

The look of the keyboard was well thought out but I immediately saw that there was not a second shift key. I must admit that I missed having a second shift key initially but within a few moments, I was not even thinking about it. In the bottom left corner is an icon that tapping will allow you to get back into the input program you are running. The ability to “toggle” between Full Screen Keyboard and the program you are entering text into is important especially if you just need to enter just a couple of characters (like adding a contact name) or a few decimal characters (like adding a phone number). When you toggle back to your main program, there is an icon in the upper left corner of your SIP that touching will bring you back to your Full Screen Keyboard.

I played a while with the keyboard to get a “feel” for it and tried to see how well my thumbs would work…it was difficult at first but as I practiced, I improved my accuracy in typing. After a half hour I decided to use the stylus and found that my speed and accuracy was much better so I decided to stay with that type of “typing” for a while.

The next day as I tried to enter text, I again went back to the stylus because I found it easier, or so I thought. Then I decided to make a concerted effort to use the keyboard. With some practice, I was able to seriously increase my typing speed and accuracy to a level that it now became a passion to get used to the program. So now after several weeks of playing and practicing, I prefer this method of text entry than any other. Why, well it is easier to see than the view I get with my SIP keyboard. Besides I still like the look of a typewriter…I really do think it is cool.

As you enter text, there is a word completion option you can enable. It is an excellent feature that uses a dictionary of over 8000 words. If you agree with the suggestion then a simple tap of the “cursor right” key completes the word and you are ready to start on the next word.

If you press the arrow icon that shows the type of input method (lower right hand corner), press options and then press options again for Full Screen Keyboard, you will be able to set different skins (free downloads) for the look of your keyboard, define the default input method and some neat mapping of movements to complete certain tasks (such as sliding your finger UP will press the SHIFT key or sliding it DOWN will press the ENTER key). This “gesture” mapping is a very cool time saver and is very easy to do.

You can add sounds to your keystrokes, which I chose not to enable because I felt it impeded the speed of the program. There seemed to be a miniscule “lag” in performance as I taped a key then the sound occurred. This may have occurred because I did not install the program to main memory. I chose to install the program to my memory card, which is NOT the recommended method (I wanted to see if it would have any “ill” effects…it did not). Lastly you can set the word completion option and choose the default font. All in all, the options that are given are perfect for you to customize the Full Screen Keyboard to your individual tastes.

As you type, if you make an error and don’t notice it until you are on another word, you can always go back and fix it by highlighting the word in the EDIT box, make the correction and then continue on. If you miss the error, you will see it when you go back to the input program when you “proof” your work.

The other day, I had to rush out to a meeting so I grabbed my iPAQ and off I went. Little did I realize that I had left my stylus on my desk but that did not matter. I was easily able to take notes at my meeting using my Full Screen Keyboard. This is a terrific utility program that you will find great use for. Besides its cool look, it was designed for ease of operation. You will never need to cart around an external keyboard…this program really fits the bill!!

BTW, remember how I was disappointed in the lack of two shift keys, well, there is a skin that has two…now I’m really happy! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Spb Software House

RATING: 4.8 out of 5

COST: $9.95

And The Beat Goes On! — irock! 450FM

Your collection of music that you have stored on your iPAQ is so good that you want to listen to it everywhere — so how do you do that?

The speaker that comes on the iPAQ is OK but it really is not good for long term listening and of course if there is any noise in the room, you (or anyone else for that matter) can’t really hear it. I suppose you could use your headphones but then you can’t share your music with others.

The fact of the matter is that the initial use of your iPAQ or other portable audio device has always been an individual experience unless you were at your computer. Many of us always listen to music over those terrific speakers we have attached to our computers.
Surfing the net — music “cranked” — a great experience!

The fact is that you are not always sitting next to your computer (although my wife might dispute that) so listening to your tunes becomes relegated back to the headphones if you want quality sound. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my BT headphones and use them often but I really like listening to my music over the high quality speakers in my home system, car, and now that new Bose radio I have for my house on the lake.

I became spoiled with the irock! 440FM that I have in my car. It is just an incredible experience being able to play and listen to the music that I have compiled as I travel and what makes it better is that I can share it with others in the car.

I wanted the ability to expand that listening experience. Not only did I want to listen to while driving but I wanted to be able listen and share my tunes when I was in another car, another room, or any place I went that had the ability to receive FM signals.

So how do you do that?
Simple — the irock! 450FM Wireless Music Adapter!
That’s right, this neat device will broadcasts tunes from your iPAQ or other favorite portable audio device to your car or home FM stereo radio. And how is the quality? — Just unbelievable!

Are You Developing Games?

In response to industry growth and attention, the Mobile Game Development Special Interest Group (Mobile-SIG) has formed within the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) to offer an independent and balanced knowledge source for developers.

The Mobile-SIG will serve as an objective voice for developers, publishers, researchers and aggregators of mobile games, offering a shared ground for industry-wide views, collaboration and experimentation on development, limitations and opportunities in the mobile games sector.

Mobile games and entertainment are a rapidly evolving part of the game industry, from the successful introduction of mobile consoles to the expanding opportunities seen in the wireless industry.

“The Mobile-SIG will serve as a central resource for discussion of the unique opportunities and requirements of mobile games, “said Kurt Uhlir, Mobile-SIG chair and independent technologist. “All members of the mobile games value chain must start to discuss the consumer needs, technical limitations, resources and technologies from related fields and new models for interacting with the end-user.”

In the next few months, the Mobile-SIG plans to issue a new online e-zine focusing on successful game launches, marketing of games and opportunities and challenges observed in current projects. SIG work is already in motion on a series of whitepapers on new technologies, value chain relationships and the differences in fixed and mobile development studios. Karthik Swaminathan, Mobile-SIG advisory board member and executive producer at Screentoons will oversee the coordination of these publications.

Visit the Mobile-SIG website HERE for more details.

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit membership organization that advocates globally on issues related to digital game creation. The IGDA’s mission is to strengthen the international game development community and effect change to benefit that community. For more information on the IGDA, please visit www.igda.org or e-mail [email protected]

Do You Use Microsoft’s Windows Update?

Microsoft has again released patches to help guarantee your computer’s security. Altough some may complain about the constant upgrades, I find it comforting that Microsoft is continually offering patches to help maintain the integrity of my computers and personal files.

One of the new patches is supposed to resolve issues surrounding the HTML Help ActiveX control in Windows. Microsoft listened to security experts and addressed this problem.

The second patch address a “Vulnerability in Cursor and Icon Format Handling Could Allow Remote Code Execution”. This has a critical rating and MS customers should apply the update immediately.

The third patch, although not critical, deals with a “Vulnerability in the Indexing Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution”. Although you do not need to patch this flaw, you are advised to consider applying the security update.

I think the best way to handle security is to have windows do an AUTOMATIC UPDATE…then you know you are protected with the latest…and of course, have a good anti-virus program!

You can find MS Windows Update here.