PDA News – PDA Security, Dell Accessories, Treo Rebates, Palm Smartphone, Much More…

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PDA security is an important consideration for many corporate users

Here’s a great article if you want to learn more about securing your PDA and the wireless networks it uses.

Corporate information technology users are increasingly relying on personal data assistants (PDAs) to check e-mail, surf the Web, and a variety of other tasks. When you use PDAs for online tasks they become just as vulnerable as desktop systems to viruses, mobile code exploits, and a variety of other threats. What should organizations do to make keep their PDA users safe from the threats of the Internet?

PDA Security Issues

With PDAs becoming ubiquitous, the same threats that affect desktop users are starting to affect PDAs. The biggest threats that PDA users need to be concerned typically fall into one of these six categories:

  • Password theft
  • Viruses and data corruption
  • Data theft through line sniffing
  • Theft of the PDA itself
  • Mobile code vulnerabilities
  • Wireless vulnerabilities

Get more from Intranet Journal.


Proporta has expanded its Axim accessory offerings

Proporta has gone beyond their alluminum case, offering a bunch of cables, emergency power supplies and such. More info in the Axim section of the Proporta site.


The Treo 300 rebate has been doubled and the T-Mobile Treo rebate extended

Handspring and Sprint have entended and upped the rebate on the Treo 300. From the Handpspring site:

Now, for a limited time, when you order a Treo 300 communicator with new PCS service activation, you’ll get a $200 credit on your first Sprint invoice. So you can now get your hands on one of our hot new all-in-one devices for $200 less. Plus you’ll get free shipping* when you order from Handspring.com!

T-Mobile has also extended their rebate of $100 through the end of the month.


Group Sense has confirmed details of their “Zircon” Palm Smartphone

GSL has released more information on their recently announced Palm OS smart phone, named the Zircon. It’s a Class 10 GSM/GPRS handheld with all the usual features, and a few more.

The Zircon is a flat phone style device measuring 48 x 100 x 21.1 mm and weighing 130 grams. It sports a dual-band GSM/GPRS Class 10 radio at 900 MHz/1800 MHz for voice and data transmission. It features a 2.2 inch, 160×240 pixel color display, and is backed by a 33 MHz Dragonball CPU to run Palm OS 4.1. It offers 16 MB of RAM, but no expansion card slot. It has both polyphonic alarms and a vibrate mode.

More from Infosync and the Zircon product page. It doesn’t look like we’ll see this unit in the US, although Europe is scheduled for Q3.


Palm Digital Media Announces March’s Biggest eBooks

Palm Digital Media Top 10 Best-selling Fiction Books March 2003

1. “Darwin’s Children” by Greg Bear, DelRey Books
2. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown, Doubleday Books
3. “Deception Point” by Dan Brown, Pocket Books
4. “X-Men 2” by Chris Claremont, Ballantine Books
5. “Dune: House Atriedes” by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Bantam Books
6. “The Jester” by James Patterson & Andrew Gross, Little, Brown & Co.
7. “Dreamcatcher” by Stephen King, Scribner
8. “Pop Goes the Weasel” by James Patterson, Warner Books
9. “Talking God” by Tony Hillerman, HarperCollins PerfectBound
10. “Dune: House Corrino” by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Bantam Books

Palm Digital Media Top 10 Best-selling Non-fiction Books March 2003

1. “The Threatening Storm” a special edition, eBook exclusive by Kenneth M. Pollack, Random House
2. “Reading the Bible Again For the First Time” by Marcus J. Borg, HarperCollins PerfectBound
3.  New International Version Holy Bible from Zondervan
4. “Penthouse Uncensored III, from the Editors of Penthouse Magazine” Warner Books
5. “Discover Your Genius” by Michael J. Gelb, HarperCollins PerfectBound
6. “Jarhead” by Anthony Swofford, Scribner
7. “Band of Brothers” by Stephen E. Ambrose, Simon & Schuster
8. “The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life” by Suze Orman, The Free Press
9. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, Merriam-Webster
10. “American Jihad” By Steven Emerson, The Free Press

More from PDM.


List 1.01 Available for Palm

The “List” program has been updated. If you’re not aware, List is a great little database program. Why is it so great? Well, for one it’s free…and two, it’s a solid program. Check it out at PalmGear.



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