Office in Your Palm
With integrated GPS and software enhancements, Sprint’s Palm Treo 800w smart phone offers point-to-point directions and point-of-interest searches directly from its home screen. The device operates with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, which connects users to the Microsoft Exchange Server for up-to-date e-mail, contacts, and calendar information. One-touch Wi-Fi and an upgraded network increase the Treo 800w’s uplink and download speeds, and the built-in Internet Explorer Mobile browser provides instant Web connectivity. The device also comes equipped with a QWERTY keyboard and five-way navigation buttons. The Treo 800w costs $249.99 after discounts and rebates with a two-year contract.
Contact Palm at (800) 881-7256 or www.palm.com.
Mozilla’s Firefox 3 Web browser offers more than 5,000 ways to customize your Internet experience, including an RSS feed reader, weather updates, and an integrated Web search function. Firefox 3 also contains built-in anti-virus and anti-phishing trackers, which alert users of attack and forgery sites. The new smart location bar (Awesome Bar) adapts to user preferences and learns to offer the best destination match. Other new features include the password manager, one-click bookmarking, and an instant Web site ID capability, which provides additional security as users surf the shark-infested seas of the World Wide Web. Firefox 3 is free.
Contact Mozilla at www.mozilla.com.
The Group Scoop
It’s a Whole New Business by Gene Trowbridge, CCIM, JD, explores the role and duties of an investment real estate group sponsor. Along with a review of securities laws, usable entities, and tax issues integral to the syndication business, the book includes step-by-step instructions for initiating and operating group investments. The relationship of tenancy-in- common interests and group sponsorship also is addressed. The second edition of It’s a Whole New Business comes bundled with a resource CD containing supplemental material. The book costs $295.
Contact The Trowbridge Curriculum at (866) 398-9290 or www.groupsponsor.com.
Polaroid’s PoGo digital mobile photo printer wirelessly prints images from Bluetooth-enabled camera phones and PictBridge-enabled digital cameras with a USB cable. Running on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the device takes one minute to print a photo. The PoGo uses an inkless printing system in which the photo paper is embedded with heat-activated yellow, magenta, and cyan dye crystals, producing two-by-three-inch smudge-proof, water- resistant images. The printer also has only one button, making it as easy to operate as its namesake toy. The PoGo printer costs $149.99, and a list of compatible camera phones is available online.
Contact Polaroid at (800) 343-5000 or www.polaroid.com.
Weighing 2.5 ounces, Canary Wireless’ second-generation Digital Hotspotter allows travelers to verify Wi-Fi signal availability without unpacking their laptops. The device’s LCD screen displays network ID, signal strength, and accessibility information for up to 20 networks. Unencrypted networks are listed as “open,” while networks without available IDs appear as “cloaked access points.” The Hotspotter uses an 802.11 engine, which eliminates Bluetooth, cordless phone, and radio band interference. The device is backlit for low-light use and includes two AAA batteries. The Hotspotter costs $59.95.
Contact Canary Wireless at (847) 884-6593 or www.canarywireless.com.