Mobile Tech News – Apple UMPC Rumors, Goodlink and PocketMirror Updates, Limited Edition FrogPad Black, and More

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UMPC News Reports Apple UMPC Looks Fairly Probable

In a recent article, UMPC News takes a collective look at the reports and findings of Apple filings within the U.S. Patent database and comes to the conclusion that a UMPC-like device may very well be in development by Apple (and has been for some time).

While the UMPC report makes no statements toward a possible release time, they are convinced that there is most definitely something cooking over at Apple in the vein of a UMPC.

Read the entire UMPC News article


Good Technology Updates GoodLink Software to Version 4.8

GoodLink 4.8 lets enterprises deploy, centrally manage, and secure their growing smartphone deployments. Additionally, users can now choose from a broad range of Palm OS and Windows Mobile devices, including the new Palm Treo 700w smartphone from Verizon Wireless and PPC 6700 from Sprint.

Read the entire press release or visit the Good Technology web site for more information, downloads, and pricing.


Chapura Updates PocketMirror Professional for Windows Mobile 5.0

In news that will certainly be applauded by the Windows Mobile community, as well as anyone moving to a Windows Mobile 5.0 device from another mobile operating system, Chapura, makers of the popular PocketMirror sync solution for Palm OS and Pocket PC 2003 devices, now supports Windows Mobile 5.0 (both Pocket PC and Phone Editions).

Using PocketMirror Professional enables one to move more information from Outlook to a handheld than by just using ActiveSync alone. Categories and the ability to sync sub-folders are just some of the many features of PocketMirror Professional that should appeal to someone truly wanting to use their PDA as a data assistant.

PocketMirror Professional for Windows Mobile is available for $49.95 from the Chapura Web site at and from Brighthand’s software store.


The Black FrogPad, Limited Edition Available for Pre-order

FrogPad, makers of the innovative FrogPad portable keyboard, have announced that they will make available in early May a limited edition, black-on-black FrogPad. There will be 250 each of left- and right-handed models produced, each also autographed by the FrogPad CEO.

By pre-ordering at the links below, you can save $20 off the $129.99 normal price.

  • The left handed BlackFrog500 can be ordered from this link
  • The right handed BlackFrog500 can be ordered from this link.


Palm Treo 650 Smartphone Now Available on Vivo in Brazil

Palm has announced that the Treo 650 is now available via another South American cellular carrier, Vivo. Vivo is a CDMA (1xRTT) carrier and the 650 joins Vivo’s Smart Mail service, which allows real-time access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks (via Outlook and Lotus Notes, as well as IMAP and POP services). Vivo Smart Mail uses the CDMA 1xRTT network available in nineteen Brazilian states and the Federal District, allowing data transfer and Internet access speed at 144kbps.

 More information about the Treo 650 on Vivo is available at or


Clinical-Trials Company Improves Reliability and Reduces Trial Costs Using Handhelds to Wirelessly Capture Patient Data

In what seems to be weekly growing evidence, another medical company is using PDAs to reduce data error and and overall development costs. This time company is invivodata, Inc. and they are using a combination of a Palm TX and a wireless modem cradle for use in clinical trials. Already, invivodata has more than 600 patients using this solution in clinical trials across Europe and North America.

When conducting worldwide clinical trials, most sponsors patch together a mix of wired and unwired electronic diary (eDiary) devices that vary in screen size, functionality, cost, development, and reliability. Such solutions can be expensive because they require multiple versions of hardware, software, and training and help-desk materials. Additionally, trial sponsors may have to modify questionnaires to fit varying kinds of eDiary screens, which would require the sponsor to demonstrate that patients interpret the questions uniformly, in order to reduce regulatory risk.

“With the Palm TX handheld and our wireless modem cradle, our clients can benefit from more reliable and valid PRO data, without the worry of costly inconsistencies among multiple eDiary devices,” said Doug Engfer, founder, president and chief executive officer of invivodata. “The solution is also well-suited for patients. Elderly patients in particular appreciate the larger screen size, easy-to-use interface and ample battery life, making the Palm TX a superior choice.”

More information about Palm healthcare solutions is available at or by calling 1-888-223-4817. More information about invivodata can be found on their website (



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