Dave’s Ipaq – iTECH Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard — A Real Taste of Virtual Reality!! @ Dave’s iPAQ

One very “COOL” device that promises to be the
“Accessory of the Year”!

Some months back, we heard about a Virtual Keyboard that was about to marketed to the “Tech” Community. Of course there was a lot of hype…a lot of discussion…and many who felt it was just not real!

Well folks, it is real, it is terrific, it is accurate, and it is Bluetooth!!

A new era of wireless mobile communications is about to begin with the introduction of the world’s first wireless Virtual Keyboard by iTECH. The Bluetooth VKB is an enhanced version of their Virtual Keyboard (VKB), which is a tiny device slightly larger than a pack of gum that projects a full-size keyboard on any flat surface through a unique system using infrared technology. Truly, we are about to enter into an era of unprecedented convenience!

Dave’s iPAQ was fortunate and extremely pleased to be asked to review the iTECH Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard. Of course, I was honored to be among the first to actually test a device that was “virtual”. I must admit that prior to actually seeing and working with it, I was a bit skeptical as to its real abilities but after spending some serious time with it on several of my iPAQs, I can tell you that this is one very “cool” device that promises to be the “Accessory of the Year”!

Several weeks went by from the first conversation I had with the folks at Power Positioning (2P) Ltd. They are a worldwide company specializing in online marketing, Search Engines Optimization and worldwide distribution and promotion of technology products. During that time, I had several conversations about this product, its anticipated announcement, and when the Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard would actually be released to the public. Most importantly, I was able to learn a little about the folks I was dealing with. They were a group of kind, caring, dedicated professionals that were absolute believers in the quality and the function of their product. It was because of these conversations that my excitement over the BTVKB (Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard) began to grow.

I received a call last week saying that my BTVKB would be shipped on Monday and that I would get it two days later. I just couldn’t wait for the time to pass—I wanted to see and use this keyboard. Finally FedEx delivered it within 10 minutes of the expected delivery time (I love the ability to track a shipment on the web). I wanted to “tear” open the box to look inside but NO—I need to take a picture first!

As I have said several times before in past reviews, presentation means a lot to me. The keyboard just wasn’t encased in some plastic covering, it was placed in a well designed box meant to give you a feeling that you were about to open something special — and you were!

Inside, neatly placed in a form fit container, I found the keyboard, a very nice leather case that had a soft protective interior, a charger, a mini CD with the drivers and software, and a Quick Start Guide. Each item was packaged in plastic to protect it. I tore open the plastic on each item to look at each piece. I actually tore the quick start guide as I hurriedly tried to get the CD out of its package.

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04-03-2005, 05:03 PM   #1

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New Rom updates?

I recently did the updates found in this form Home » Forums » Previous HP iPAQ Models » HP iPAQ 22xx Discussion » BIOS & Firmware Update for h22XX, a Step-by-Step Guide When it was completed I could no longer start the program pocket e-sword at all, even after reloading it. I can only get to the today settings menu by going through the start menu, going down to settings then choose the”today” icon. I should be able to hit the start button, and choose the”today” settings icon which is still at the top of my menu, but all I get is a sound like it has been chosen but it never comes up. Same with the pocket e-sword, it recognizes that I have tapped on the icon, but it does not start the progam. Should I reload the new ROM again? Should I go back to the old ROM settings. Also, I did the bluetooth updates, and I don’t know if it might have been one of those. Nothing else has changed except for thoes updates. Thanks in advance,


04-09-2005, 08:52 PM   #2

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Jim What ROM update did you do?

When you did the ROM update, all programs were gone…correct?

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This is a huge opportunity for the site and gives all of you opportunity to either call in live or listen to the show over the internet. I will be co-hosting tomorrow’s show where we will interview Tim Bourquin of the Portable Media Expo event in November which we are a media sponsor of the event. Please join me tonight as I co-host the show.. I would really appreciate your support during my first show.

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Dave’s Ipaq – School Bus Rider Authentication System @ Dave’s iPAQ

IBUS was developed in response to the desires of schools to help protect the youth of America before, during and after school.

By positively identifying and tracking students through intelligent identification technologies, a GPS tracking system, and an interactive web site, school administrators know where students are from the time they step onto the bus, through school, until to the time they return home.

The information, automatically generated from the location aware system, can be used for detailed fiscal reimbursement and comprehensive reporting, efficient bus routing, time and attendance, and more. Some potential additional uses for the reports generated by IBUS include Medicaid Reimbursements, Route and Student Mileage Reports, Pay-Per-Ride Invoicing, Driver Logs, and Precise Transportation Reports.

BUS was developed in response to the desires of schools to help protect the youth of America before, during and after school.

By positively identifying and tracking students through intelligent identification technologies, a GPS tracking system, and an interactive web site, school administrators know where students are from the time they step onto the bus, through school, until to the time they return home.

The information, automatically generated from the location aware system, can be used for detailed fiscal reimbursement and comprehensive reporting, efficient bus routing, time and attendance, and more. Some potential additional uses for the reports generated by IBUS include Medicaid Reimbursements, Route and Student Mileage Reports, Pay-Per-Ride Invoicing, Driver Logs, and Precise Transportation Reports.

Dave’s Ipaq – HP Bluetooth Headphones @ Dave’s iPAQ

Loading the software was easier than expected. The user guide was clear and concise in directions. I soft reset my device, establish a connection with my iPAQ to my desktop computer via ActiveSync, installed the software (it took seconds) and reset my device again.

Pairing the two devices was even easier. I turned on the Bluetooth function on my iPAQ, pressed the Multi Function button in the center of the right earpiece for about ten seconds until the light flashed red and blue. On my iPAQ, I selected New, then High Quality Audio Setup from the Bluetooth connection types. An icon of a man wearing a headset appeared as it discovered the iPAQ headphones for the first time; it then prompted me for a Passkey. Entering 0000, the shortcut was created and I was listening to my MP3s in seconds.

The entire process…maybe 4 minutes and that was because I was double checking myself so I could write the steps I took for this review. It was incredibly easy, very quick and brought me to listening to my music instantaneously. It was a very impressive setup!

From that point on, using the headphones is simple. Turn on Bluetooth on the iPAQ, turn on the headphones by pressing the multi-function button, click on the headphone icon, and voila…your ready to go!

To turn the Bluetooth Headphones on, push and hold the Multi Function button for two seconds until the blue light flashes or if you’re wearing the phones, you will hear a unique sound indicating that the phones are on. To turn the Bluetooth Headphones off, press and hold the Multi Function button for two seconds, until the light flashes red and goes off or if you are still wearing the headphones, there is a similar but different sound indicating the phones are turned off. Very cool!

As you are listening to your music, you have the ability to pause the audio by pressing the Multi Function button and then you can resume play by pressing the Multi Function button again. Of course, you can track forward by pressing the Forward button, marked > or track backward by pressing the Back button marked

Dave’s Ipaq – New Cases for New iPAQs – CASESONLINE @ Dave’s iPAQ

They have it all…………… Quality Leather – Outstanding Craftsmanship – Professional

With the introduction of the new line of iPAQs, there had to be several new lines of cases that would appear. For me, there was only one case that I would consider…CASESONLINE!

The reason is simple; the products they produce are of the highest quality leather coupled with superior craftsmanship. I have had a variety of different cases with all my iPAQs but none have had the consistency that CASESONLINE has. In addition, I like a case that has a professional appearance but one that clearly is functional. Protecting your iPAQ is clearly the number one concern but if you can protect it and add additional functionality then you have a superior case.

In this latest round up of new cases, CASESONLINE has designed a unique means of securing your iPAQ to your case. For many of these new cases, there is a new holder that they reference as the unique iPAQ Pocket PC molded box. The clip is a sturdy plastic type material that has a non-slip leather type material on the inside of the clip. The clip is adjustable and will fit ALL iPAQs.

When I first saw the clip, I was a bit skeptical but within seconds after investigating the material and its construction, I was very impressed. But seeing is believing so I tried it on ALL my iPAQs. Guess what?….it fits all of them! This is very cool…one design…all your iPAQs.

I have added a 3715 to my ever growing collection of iPAQs and deciding on the case I would choose was easy although the style I would eventually pick was a difficult choice. For the 3700 series, CASESONLINE has five styles to choose from; each suited for specific needs that a user might have. The styles that are available are the Slim, Flip, Belt, ePortable and ePersonel.

Dave’s Ipaq – Kaspersky Lab Releases Security for PDA Version 5.5 @ Dave’s iPAQ

Kaspersky Lab, home of one of the world’s foremost internet security labs, today announced general availability of Kaspersky Security for PDAs v. 5.5, the latest version of Kaspersky’s suite of protection for handheld devices and smartphones. This updated suite provides a wide range of important upgrades and improvements, including a new user interface, advanced data encryption and automatic update capability for perpetual protection.

Kaspersky Security for PDAs is designed to advance protection for one of the nascent but growing target areas for hackers and virus writers: the incredible explosion of portable electronic communication devices used in both personal and business settings. The suite offers comprehensive protection for handhelds running PocketPC and Palm OS, and smartphones running Microsoft Smartphone 2002 and Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone, and safeguards users while still allowing them full control and access to stored data.

“The incredible usefulness of handheld devices has made them ubiquitous extensions of corporate networks that are ripe for corruption,” said Steve Orenberg, President, Kaspersky Lab, Inc. “Kaspersky Security for PDAs extends our award-winning detection and industry-leading updates to this set of devices, which will continue to be significant targets as we’ve seen with the recent Cabir and Commonwarrior attacks.”

Kaspersky Security for PDAs v. 5.5 has improved virus detection and disinfection functions, along with a new antivirus monitor that complements existing functions by tracking application activity in real time, ensuring that malicious code cannot be executed. Updates to antivirus databases can be downloaded automatically, providing perpetual protection even as new threats are attempted. Version 5.5 is also designed to protect aspects unique to smartphones. Kaspersky Security for PDAs 5.5 not only detects and removes viruses on the internal memory of smartphones, but also protects the memory card, as infected objects are quickly identified and can be immediately deleted.

A new aspect of Kaspersky Security for PDAs v. 5.5 of great interest to network administrators is the ability to encrypt data stored on handheld devices. Now unauthorized users will be blocked from accessing confidential information, and PocketPC users can create hidden folders where stored data is encrypted and folders are password protected. In the event that a Palm OS users’ password to lock their device is bypassed and a malicious user gains access to the memory card, the encryption will still protect their stored information. New cryptographic algorithms from the Intel library are also incorporated to further heighten security when the program is run under PocketPC.

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Dave’s Ipaq – Socket Communication’s Wi-Fi Companion @ Dave’s iPAQ


Having worked with another WiFi Utility for a long time, I started noticing more and more that other users were complaining that it did not support WPA-PSK/TKIP Connections. Unfortunately, because I did not have a WPA compliant WiFi Router at the time, I could not test for possible issues like that. Of course, this all changed when I recently obtained a new WiFi Router that supported WPA-PSK/TKIP Connections! So I found myself unable to connect even though I had the right drivers. I went looking and found this program, and I have to say, It is a wonderfully well designed and thought-out product. It’s GUI is simple and intuitive, so the learning curve is next to non-existent; yet the program provides a wealth of information to those wishing to use it to troubleshoot their connectivity problems.


For those who troubleshoot wireless problems on a regular basis, I highly recommend this product. It is a one-stop-shop solution that I have yet to experience a problem with. This program is, like my previously reviewed product, software that I feel that I will always keep on my iPAQ. As such, I have placed it in my permanent library of indispensable and highly useful programs.


Socket Wi-Fi Companion is an intuitive and graphical utility that displays your connection properties at a glance. There’s even a Power Save utility, so you can adjust the power settings when using battery power.

Basic features:
Wi-Fi Companion provides users with a friendly, easy-to-use interface to manage WLAN connectivity. The main page icons provide single tap access to browse the web or check email, find WLANs in range, install security certificates, view IP addresses or modify profiles.

Advanced features:
The Ping Utility enables users to check network connectivity to another device or host network. Trace Route enables users to identify the number of hops to connect to the Internet and possible sources of delay.

Features & Benefits

Wi-Fi Finder

Find Wi-Fi hotspots in range. Connect to wireless networks securely with a single tap. Manage power save settings to maximize battery life of Windows Mobile devices. Works well with all WLAN security protocols supported by Windows Mobile (WPA, WPA-PSK, 802.1x, 40/128-bit WEP, Open). Connect to Wi-Fi networks quickly and stay connected to the right network. Check network connectivity and survey your network range. Check each hop in your connection to the Internet to see where delays occur.

(Reviewer’s note: Socket Communication has also released a slightly different build of this product for users of their external Network Adapters, which can be found at www.socketcom.com/support/support_wlan.asp.)