In Motion’s BlackBerry wireless platform. It has been designed for mobile sales professionals in industries such as communications, high-tech and financial services. The software integrates PeopleSoft’s sales application and such personal information management solutions as Microsoft Outlook or IBM Lotus Notes. Users can enter, search and update data in both applications — no manual synchronization is required. The solution also comes embedded with PeopleSoft Enterprise CRM 8.9 Sales and CRM 8.9 Prescriptive Analytics, the latter of which allows firms to define rules to trigger e-mail alerts for immediate follow-up, such as incoming hot leads.
IBM has released a ThinkPad with a biometric capability and embedded security to protect users’ personal and financial information: a fingerprint reader, built into select models of the ThinkPad T42. Users swipe a finger across a small sensor located on the palm rest below the arrow keys to logon to systems, software applications, Web sites or databases. The scanning process is designed to take only seconds. The notebook offers multiple options for wireless connectivity. It is available with an Intel 745 Pentium M 1.8 GHz processor. All T42 models come standard with a modem, Gigabit Ethernet and an Infrared port. Prices for ThinkPad T42 models with a fingerprint reader start at $2,339.
Treo now widely available
Customers can buy PalmOne Canada’s Treo 600 smartphone through Bell Wireless Alliance carriers, including Aliant Inc. in Atlantic Canada, Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) in Manitoba, SaskTel in Saskatchewan, Télébec in Quebec, and NorthernTel in Northeastern Ontario. The Treo 600 smartphone combines a phone with messaging, e-mail and Web-browsing capabilities. The unit is small and easy to use, with a built-in QWERTY keyboard. The Treo 600 is also a Palm OS organizer and digital camera featuring a bright color screen and integrated SD Card/MultiMediaCard slot so users can add memory and content.
Many sides to SGI release
The Silicon Graphics Prism, a Linux OS-based visual computer product line, is built upon the SGI NUMAflex shared-memory architecture. The system combines Intel Itanium 2 processors, the Linux operating system and standards-based graphics accelerators from ATI. Also included are visual computing products and OpenGL visualization software development tools. These include SGI’s cross-platform OpenGL Performer and OpenGL Volumizer application programming interfaces (APIs). The Prism can scale up to 16 graphics pipelines and 256 processors. Pricing starts at $30,000 (US).
PC pest control
Computer Associates International Inc.’s eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware r5 detects and removes tens of thousands of pests including spyware, adware, trojans, denial-of-service attack agents, and other back-door Web-based threats. This safeguards PCs from unauthorized access, information theft and diminished system performance and is backed by the CA Security Advisor. This service provides vulnerability and configuration research, around-the-clock monitoring and protection against malicious code, spyware/adware and blended threats. The corporate version of eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware r5, designed for SMBs and enterprises, enables security administrators to centrally manage anti-spyware protection for an unlimited number of network desktops, both local and remote.
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