PDA News – Palm Bluetooth, PetFrogs, Bluetooth Virus

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PalmSource licenses Bluetooth SDK

PalmSource has licensed Extended Systems’ XTNDAccess Blue 2.0 Bluetooth software development kit. The move is presumably intended to assist in providing OS-level support for the new Bluetooth 1.2 specification.



‘Pet Frog’ concept device

‘Frog’ is right. In the recent interest over Jeff Hawkins’ comments in a Newsweek article about the future of smartphones, we happened to bypass the piece’s ‘cover model.’ The “PetFrog” is a strictly conceptual design for a ‘phone of the future,’ whomped up by Frog Designs for Newsweek’s article. And looking at it, I sincerely hope that it remains a strictly conceptual design, because besides looking like a mating of Fisher Price with something from ‘Star Trek,’ it is certainly one of the ugliest things I have ever seen. Did I mention that it also does karaoke? No, I am not kidding.

As an aside, PocketPC Thoughts happened to post this first, and judging from the thread over there mine is not a minority opinion–including a suggestion that Frog tell their designers to stop sniffing glue. Personally, I think you’d need something much more illegal to dream this up.




Proof-of-concept worm replicates via Bluetooth

Though it was bound to happen sooner or later, this is in fact one of the few reports of mobile viruses out there. Though in point of fact, EPOC.Cabir as it is called is not actually a virus, but a worm. It replicates by beaming itself over Bluetooth to any available target. At this point though, users have basically nothing to fear. The worm only affects Symbian based devices, and even more specifically has only been seen on the Nokia Series 60 phone. Moreover, it requires two manual actions by the user before it can infect a device, so becoming accidentally infected is unlikely. It isn’t very smart, either, since it attempts to send its code to any Bluetooth device available. Despite the low risk of infection, and the minimum of cases (less than 50 reported to Symantec), instructions for removing the worm can be found at their site.



Games from Astraware, PDAmill

Astraware’s latest, called “Strange Adventures in Infinite Space,” is a port of the PC game of the same name. SAIS is an engine for playing short, randomly generated mini-adventures of about 15 minutes in length, no two of which are ever supposed to be the same. The game retails for $20.


PDAmill is now opening another alpha-test of their upcoming futuristic 3D racing game Flux Challange. This version features bug fixes, a new track, additional game menus, and supports a full-screen mode on those devices that are powerful enough to handle the game’s intensely demanding graphics.




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