Palm goes Blue
Palm has announced the Australian availability of a Bluetooth card for its range of handheld computers, which allows users to have remote control over PDAs and other devices. The SD card, around the size of a postage stamp, allows users to connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, printers, laptops and other handhelds within 10 metres of the device. The card comes with software to allow users to connect to the Internet via a bridge to their mobile phones, between Palm handhelds (through chatroom and noteboard functions) or to sync with Bluetooth-enabled Windows 2000 systems.
Small business wired
A new survey by IDC Australia suggests that over 90 per cent of survey respondents from Australian small businesses have access to the Internet. The research also showed that almost two-thirds of small businesses have established some kind of company home page to extend their marketing onto the Web. Kourosh Ghassemi, senior analyst at IDC, said the issues of security, implementation costs and a general lack of technical know-how are the factors holding back small businesses from fully utilising the Internet. He suggests vendors focus on developing products that simplify Internet activity.
Techies on show at WCIT
Thirty-five innovative Australian IT organisations were chosen to display their technology at the recent World Congress on IT held in Adelaide. Among the winners of the "Secrets of Australian IT Innovation" competition were IT security developers Tenix Defence (SA), Idea Data (NSW), Secure Systems (WA) and Xtreamlock (Qld). Smart-card developer eLabtronics (SA) also scored a spot at the congress, as did wireless product developers Dspace (SA), FourSticks (SA), the Institute of Telecommunications Research (SA), ActiveSky (Qld) and Norwood Systems (WA). Awards were also given for business software solutions, photonics, e-commerce and multimedia solutions.