Mobile Tech News — Free CABviaActiveSync, Sidekicks vs. Credit Cards, BlackBerry 8700 Case, and More

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Free Version of CABviaActiveSync Released

CAB files are a convenient way to install software onto a Pocket PC if it is being directly downloading from a web site to a handheld or smartphone. However, installing them from a desktop is a bit more trouble. The user must manually copy the CAB file onto the device and then open it in order to install the application.

To make this process much simpler, MoDaCo has released CABviaActiveSync. This adds a right-click context menu for CAB files to a Windows desktop or laptop. When selected, the CAB is automatically parsed, copied to the ActiveSync directory, then a regular ActiveSync install is initiated. When the install is complete, the CAB file stays in the ActiveSync directory, allowing the user to easily uninstall or reinstall it in future, without the user having to archive the CAB file.

CABviaActiveSync is nagware, and can be downloaded from the MoDaCo web site.


Sidekicks Can Erase Credit Cards

Anyone considering purchasing a T-Mobile Sidekick should be aware that these handhelds can erase the data stored on the magnetic strip of a credit card.

All the Sidekick models have built-in magnets to keep their rotating screens closed. The Internet Patrol did an experiment to see what would happen if a credit card were exposed to one of these magnets. After less than a second of direct contact, the card’s magnetic strip had been erased.

In T-Mobile’s defense, there is a warning of this in the device’s user manual, but it isn’t in a prominent place.

Via Engadget.


JAVOLeatherCase for BlackBerry 8700c/8700g Now Available

JAVOedge is now offering a JAVOLeatherCase for the BlackBerry 8700c/8700g, the latest cellular-wireless handhelds from Research in Motion. This is a leather case that has a reinforced front cover which pads the device from damage and slots that allow access to the screen, all buttons, and the sync port.

This case, which costs $32.95, can be purchased from the JAVOedge web site.


Kansas School District Purchases 2,300 Palm TX Handhelds

The Olathe Unified School District, considered one of the most technologically progressive school districts in Kansas, has purchased 2,300 Palm TX handhelds and an equal number of keyboards for its high school students. This nearly doubles the district’s investment in Palm handhelds.

One of the most used functions of these devices is writing compositions using word processing applications, spreadsheets (math, graphing in science, social sciences, charting data, etc.) and presentation tools to present projects or assignments.

In language arts, all literature books are in ebook format so students can read the books, highlight text, bookmark pages, make notes, and look up words in the dictionary.

Other high-value applications include new test and assessment programs. Students also use these handhelds in the math curriculum, probeware for science, and graphic software in the arts program.

More information on the Palm Education Purchase Program is available on Palm’s web site.




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