Mobile Tech News — WhineHack, BlackBerry Server, and More

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New Utility Removes the Screen Whine on Certain Palms

Some users of Palm, Inc. handhelds complain that the LCD screen on their device emits a high-pitched whine. A new application claims to be able to fix this problem on at least a few models.

According to its developer, WhineHack does this by increasing the pixel clock speed slightly so that the noise is out of the range of human hearing.

It was designed for the XScale-based handhelds Palm TX and LifeDrive, and will likely put OMAP-based models into a reset loop. 

More information is available on the Hack&Dev web site, or this application can be downloaded for free from the SourceForge web site.


RIM Announces Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server

In a move that is certain to make many small- and medium-sized business owners happy who have wanted to employ BlackBerries, RIM has announced a hosted BES that basically takes a large chunk of the hardware cost out of the equation but leaves all of the familiar BES functionality.

From the press release:
Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server supports all the major enterprise email environments, providing tight integration with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, and Novell GroupWise, to give end users the benefits of secure wireless access to their business email with attachment viewing, access to enterprise instant messaging (with auditing for compliance), web browsing, synchronized wireless calendar, contacts and tasks, as well as the ability to access company intranet and other business applications.

For more information on the Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server, visit


Handheld Device Reads Printed Material to the Visually Impaired

The Dallas Morning News recently reported on a handheld device that has been developed that would enable those with visual impairments to “read” printed material.

According to the article the handheld device “snaps a photo and then reads material aloud.” It is described to being about the size of a PDA with camera attachment to it.

Many of the users had favorable reports on the device citing its ease of use and distinctive voice. However the major hurdle to this device seems to be the price. At nearly $3500, many will have a hard time purchasing this device.




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