Mobile Tools
Posted: 03.01.05 -

Now with Curves

Plantronic’s M2500 Bluetooth headset offers a sleek, lightweight design with dual-mode hands-free headset options. The ergonomic earpiece keeps the headset in place, and the short, multidirectional boom mic won’t get in your way. Features include up to
five hours of talk time, 120 hours of standby time, a 30-foot range from your Bluetooth phone or mobile device and the flexability to be used in either ear. Price: $90.



The Treo 650 is now
officially all that. To the original Treo—a digital camera meets e-mailing, organizing, messaging and Web-accessing mobile phone—palmOne has added Bluetooth wireless technology, an MP3 player (so, with a sold separately 256MB expansion card, you can bring along hundreds of songs), a more vibrant display, an improved camera with video capture, easier e-mail setup, a removable battery, a keyboard eager to make nice with your fingers and more. Price: Starts at $449.

Put Hackers up Against the Wall

The Bluefire Mobile Security Suite is designed specifically for handheld devices and promises a complete security solution. Operating over multiple communication protocols, such as 802.11, CDMA and GPRS, Firewall Plus also includes features for intrusion prevention, enforced authentication and integrity management. The latest version features a new VPN option that is compatible with Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 and Windows Mobile 2003 platforms. Price: $1,000 for one console and up to 100 seats.

Geography Class

ESRI’s ArcGIS 9 includes ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo for use in building a complete geographic information system (GIS). New features in this latest version include a new environment for geographic data processing, ArcGlobe—a new technology for viewing geographic data seamlessly from a whole-Earth, 3-D perspective—and ModelBuilder, an
interactive and visual application for creating and executing models of business processes. Price: Depends on suite


The Starring Role

Weighing just over 1 pound, the Cameo 2SC from Zebra is easy to wear and can be carried anywhere receipt printing is needed. It can be configured with a convenient smartcard reader or magnetic card reader option, enabling you to perform credit card transactions while staying mobile and making the Cameo 2SC ideal for point-of-sale transactions, hospitality receipt printing and transportation ticket printing. Price: $575 to $725.

Improve Your Look

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, than a picture taken with the 4-megapixel Canon Powershot SD300 could
be worth a tome. A 2-inch LCD viewfinder enables
clear preview and playback, and Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor allows for faster processing speed and auto-focus for crisp, vibrant colors. All of this plus 3x optical zoom and 3.6x digital zoom in a sleek body (only 3.4 by 2 by 0.8 inches). And, it won’t add weight to your pocket at only 4.5 ounces. Price: $350.

Wireless Roaming

With the Linksys PC Card, available from Verizon Wireless, a mobile pro with a PC laptop with an open PCMCIA slot can wirelessly connect to Wi-Fi hotspots and enjoy high-speed access no matter where they may roam in their house or office. Plug-and-play operation, 11Mbps data transfer rates and a 24/7 live technical support number are among the card’s features. Additionally, Verzon Online DSL customers in New York City can connect to hundreds of broadband hotspots, free of charge. Price: $


Manage Like a Pro

ProCurve Manager Plus from HP means just that: All the standard ProCurve Manager features—the ability to oversee device configuration and management, an intuitive Explorer-style interface, unlimited device support and e-mail/pager alerts—plus more advanced, customizable features, such as enabling policies across groups, enhanced network security features, multiple device configuration management and archiving, configurable VLANs across the network, traffic monitoring, analysis and more. Price: Varies by solution.






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