Mobile Tech News — GpsGate, HanDBase for S60, and Treo 680

by Reads (6,960) Service for Windows and Windows Mobile Pocket PCs Introduced

One of the top mobile technology trends for this year is said to be location-based services using GPS-enabled devices. is a service from Franson Technology that gives a GPS mapping portal that maps and shares locations from Windows laptop or Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC devices.

By logging onto, the user can see their "buddies" moving in real-time on a map. GpsGate relies on software being installed to a Windows PC or Windows Mobile device to enable a user to share their position and be located on a map. also offers a Google Earth plug-in so that friends’ locations can be spotted on a satellite image rather than a map.

For more information and to download the software for Windows/Windows Mobile devices, visit Franson Technology’s web site.



HanDBase for S60 Third Edition Released

The popular mobile database application for Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices, HanDBase, has been released for Symbian S60 Third Edition mobile devices.

Compatable with devices such as the Nokia E62, Nokia N73, and Nokia N93i, this software lets users create and manage their information on their mobile devices. In addition, a desktop conduit is available that enables a user to edit information on a desktop and then sync it to their mobile device.

With the HanDBase Desktop application, users can design their own databases from scratch or start from any of the thousands of free applets available at and then transfer the database to the handset for mobile access and data entry. HanDBase Desktop allows users to export files in Excel, Word, CSV, HTML or XML formats. Additional add-ons support transfer to and from Microsoft Access and other ODBC enabled database applications.

HanDBase for S60 Third Edition retails for US$19.99 and is available at the company’s Web site,



Palm and Orange Announce Treo 680 Smartphone in Switzerland

Palm Inc.’s latest smartphone, the Treo 680, has made its introduction into Switzerland on the Orange network.

"Bringing the Treo 680 to Orange customers in Switzerland is the latest step in growing our Treo customer base geographically and demographically," said Roy Bedlow, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Palm, Inc. "With its affordability, ease of use and style, the Treo 680 announced today with Orange is bringing Treo smartphones to the attention of new customers and markets."

More information about the Treo 680 smartphone is available at




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