PDA News – Pocket CardExport, i730 rumors, Insecure messaging?

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Use your PocketPC as a USB drive

PocketPC users now have the option of doing what until recently was the sole province of Palm: using their handhelds as memory card readers. CardExport II for the PocketPC allows any desktop or laptop computer to see a handheld’s memory cards as a USB removable memory drive. It requires no special software installation on the host PC, and can be used with any recent Windows, Apple, or other OS that supports USB Mass Storage.

Exactly like the PalmOS version, CardExport will only mount what it recognizes as memory cards (including internal flash), not RAM, and you cannot sync via USB while using CardExport. CardExport for the PocketPC supports most devices using XScale PXA250 and PXA270 processors. Preliminary user testing indicates that using CardExport to move data to memory cards is as much as three times faster than the similar function offered by ActiveSync. CardExport II is priced at $15, and offers a 21-day free trial.



Reports: Samsung i730 to launch June 23rd

Well, we’ve been around this bend many a time before, and been burned most of those times. But be that as it may, it’s still news. New reports state that the Verizon launch of the Samsung i730 PocketPC phone for business customers is scheduled for June 23rd. General availability is reportedly scheduled for July 7th. While we’ve seen many release dates that failed to pan out, this is slightly more interesting because the date is attributed to Verizon’s internal documents. Only time will tell for sure.


Gartner: Windows Mobile 5.0 messaging not enterprise-secure

Research firm Gartner has published a pair of of reports arguing that the Messaging and Security Features Pack for WM 5.0 doesn’t provide enough security for high-level enterprise use. Objections seem to focus largely on the unprotected nature of memory cards: since they can be removed and read by other devices, and are not wiped by the hard-reset command available in the MSFP administration tools, data could potentially be recovered from them if a device is lost or stolen.

While there is some legitimacy to this point, I don’t see many easy ways to fix it. Encrypting memory cards, or setting up to wipe them in a hard reset, would do the trick, but would also compromise the convenience and ease-of-use of the devices.



Linux on the Axim X50

From the pointless curiousity department: Someone with far too much time on their hands has managed to boot a Linux kernel on the Dell Axim X50. Like most Linux-on-a-toaster projects, the port hasn’t gotten any farther than booting the kernel.




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