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At the Pocket PC Summit, which opened yesterday (Tuesday) in Philadelphia, leading vendors are showing off their wireless...

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At the Pocket PC Summit, which opened yesterday (Tuesday) in Philadelphia, leading vendors are showing off their wireless solutions for Microsoft's Pocket PC as well as the first database for a smartphone device.

The Windows-powered Smartphone 2002, previously known as Stinger, competes with Symbian's and Palm's phone software platforms.

Syware, a developer of mobile database tools, introduced yesterday FoneDB, the first database for the Smartphone.

FoneDB allows mobile content developers to create mobile phone databases without programming. The product, which is in beta, will ship in the autumn. Pricing has not been set.

In other news at the show this week, Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions, a provider of mobile and wireless solutions, will introduce a beta program for its UltraLite Component Suite, which opens its SQL Anywhere Studio to developers using Visual Basic, Appforge, embedded VB, ActiveX, and JNI (Java Native Interface).

The UltraLite Component Suite includes AppForge Ingot, which is used with the AppForge add-in to Visual Basic to create cross-platform applications for Palm, Pocket PC, and Symbian-based devices; ActiveX control, for use with embedded Visual Basic or Internet Explorer; and Java class libraries.

Funk Software will demonstrate its AdmitOne VPN Client for the Pocket PC, which lets handheld users establish a secure connection over a wireless link to the enterprise network. It uses IPsec and IKE (Internet Key Exchange) technologies to set up a secure communications channel between a Pocket PC device and the corporate VPN server.

Thinking Bytes is redesigning ThinkDB and will show an early beta release of the Pocket PC version of its database.

Asynchrony Solutions is demonstrating its PDA Defence product, which provides 512-bit Blowfish encryption, an autolock feature, and selective database protection.

The PocketPC Summit ends on Friday.

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