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Configure SmarterMail Accounts for Synchronization Using SyncML

SmarterMail uses multiple data synchronization technologies to sync mailbox data with email clients and mobile devices. Before users can sync using SyncML, the system administrator must enable synchronization using SyncML for the domain. NOTE: SmarterMail does not support Corporate Calendar because it is a special app and does not follow AS standards. This note only effects the Motorola Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X. Funambol 8.5 is recommended to use due to protocol changes that were made in later version.\r\n\r\nFollow these steps to enable SyncML for all of the users on a domain:\r\n

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  1. Log in as the system administrator.
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  3. Click the Manage icon.
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  5. Expand Domains in the left tree view and click All Domains.
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  7. Select desired domain and click Edit in the actions toolbar.
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  9. Click the Features tab.
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  11. Select the Enable SyncML checkbox.
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  13. Click Save.
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\r\nSyncML is now enabled for all accounts in the domain. Users will have to install the Funambol SyncML plug-in prior to synchronizing their data with Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or most smartphones. For more information on installing this plug-in, refer to the following KB articles:\r\n

\r\nFor more information on SyncML, refer to the Synchronization section of the SmarterMail Online Help.

VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1 released for testing

Oracle has released a first beta for version 4.0.0 of the open source VirtualBox desktop virtualisation application for x86 hardware. According to Oracle’s Frank Mehnert, the preview of the next major update to VirtualBox is considered to be a “bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes”. \r\n\r\nVirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1 features new settings and a disk file layout for VM portability, support for the Open Virtualisation Format Archive (OVA) and a redesigned user interface with guest window preview and a new display mode. Support for asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels images, as well as resizing VDI and VHD images has also been added. Other changes include support for more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts, the ability to copy files into a guest file system, support for the Intel ICH9 chip-set and a number of bug fixes.\r\n\r\nAs with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. The developers ask users testing the release not to report issues to the VirtualBox Bugtracker, but instead to provide feedback about any problems they encounter via the VirtualBox forum.\r\n\r\nMore details about the development preview, including a full list of changes and new features, can be found in the official release announcement. VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1 is available to download from the project’s site. The latest stable release of VM VirtualBox is version 3.2.12 from the end of November.\r\n\r\nUpdate: Starting with version 4.0 the license for VirtualBox has changed. For the first time, both the base Oracle VM VirtualBox product source code and the binary are licensed under the GPLv2, while the Extension Pack mechanism, which allows third-party sources to add their own add-on functionality, is licensed under the PUEL. The change means that distributors shipping the Open Source Edition (OSE) of VirtualBox no longer need to build from the sources themselves.\r\n\r\nSource: HOpen, Oracle

Motorola hopes for Android Tablet

Motorola co-chief Sanjay Jha painted a future for the company that included beefed-up smartphones and a tablet computer running on Google-backed Android software.\r\n\r\n

Motorola Android Tablet
Motorola Android Tablet
\r\n\r\nJha hoped Motorola would have an Android tablet computer ready early next year, he said while sharing thoughts at a Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in San Francisco. “I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling,” Jha said during an on-stage chat. “Hopefully, that is early next year.”\r\n\r\nJha has been counting on smartphones running Android to help turn around the Illinois-based company’s flagging fortunes but didn’t consider the latest generation of the mobile software ready for use in tablets.\r\n\r\n”I see the tablet market as an opportunity; no cannibalization with smartphones,” Jha said. “iPad is more an extension of iPhone than a migration of a Macintosh. I think that is a natural expansion for us.”\r\n\r\nApple has sold millions of iPad tablet computers since the California company began selling them internationally in April.\r\n\r\n”The convergence of mobility and computing is very important for us,” Jha said. “There could be more form factors that are more smartphone-centric.”\r\n\r\nA priority in the Android “eco-system” is to improve the online marketplace for fun or functional applications that is key to the popularity of smartphones.\r\n\r\n”The Marketplace experience on Android is good, it is not great,” Jha said. “We are trying to rectify that situation. You will see us as an ecosystem very focused on that.”\r\n\r\nHe also expected more powerful multi-core computer chips to be built into smartphones in the coming year to boost capabilities, speed and features.\r\n\r\nCompetition in the smartphone market promises to be intense as this year finishes. The iPhone continues to be a hot seller and a host of smartphones based on Windows Phone 7 should debut soon with the new Microsoft software.\r\n\r\nBlackBerry maker Research In Motion is also due to release the latest generation of its mobile operating system.\r\n\r\n”Nearly everyone in this business is clicking on all cylinders.” Jha said.\r\n\r\nThe US remains the biggest market for high-end smartphones but Jha spoke of growing markets in China, India, and Latin America.\r\n\r\nJha noted that Motorola also makes TV set-top boxes and that it is “eager to participate” in an Internet-driven evolution of home entertainment that could involve routing digital content from smartphones to televisions.\r\n\r\n”You’ve seen Google TV and Apple TV in that space,” Jha said. “I think there are some very good opportunities there.”\r\n\r\nMotorola posted a six-fold increase in quarterly net profit in July and an optimistic outlook for its mobile phone division ahead of its separation next year.\r\n\r\nJha said at the time that demand was outstripping supply for the “Droid X,” an Android smartphones seen as Motorola’s answer to Apple’s iPhone.\r\n\r\nMotorola is selling most of its wireless network infrastructure business to Finnish-German giant Nokia Siemens Networks for 1.2 billion dollars.\r\n\r\nMotorola plans to split its businesses in the first quarter of next year, separating products for consumers from its professional equipment division.\r\n\r\nThe mobile and home entertainment devices division will operate as Motorola Mobility.\r\n\r\nThe other company, Motorola Solutions, will consist of its enterprise mobility solutions and networks businesses, which include two-way radios, mobile computers, secure public safety systems and scanners.

Nokia starts shipping flagship N8 model

Nokia N8 Shipping
Nokia N8 Shipping
\r\n\r\nThe world’s top cellphone maker Nokia said that it has started to ship its flagship smartphone model the N8. Last week Nokia said it has delayed by a few weeks deliveries of the N8 model to the clients who had ordered the phone, hitting its shares on the day new chief executive Stephen Elop started at the helm of the company. The N8 is seen by analysts as Nokia’s first model to challenge Apple’s iPhone more than three years after its launch.\r\n\r\nIts success and timing of its sales start are seen as being crucial for Nokia’s profit margins in the third and fourth quarter.\r\n\r\nNokia said the N8 would be widely available in the coming weeks. “The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history,” Jo Harlow, the head of Nokia’s smartphone unit, said in a statement.\r\n\r\nThe N8 smartphone, first to use Nokia’s new Symbian software, was originally scheduled to reach consumers in June. In April, Nokia warned that the software renewal would take longer than it had expected due to quality problems and said that the model would reach consumers by the end of September.\r\n\r\nThe weak smartphone offering and problems with software were seen as the main reasons for Nokia to replace its chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with Stephen Elop from Microsoft\r\n\r\nThe N8 stands out among its rivals for its 12 megapixel camera but has a slower processor than Samsung’s top model Galaxy S and the latest iPhone.(Reuters)

iPhone APP Filters Noises into Headphones

iPhone APP filters noise
iPhone APP filters noise
\r\n\r\nApps are funny things. They tend to provide narrow utility — focusing intensely on one specific thing — but once you get used to them, you wonder how you lived without them. Take this Awareness! app, for example: it gauges environmental noise levels, sets up a threshold, and then pipes in anything louder than that into your skull alongside your music. Reasons why you’d want that to happen include oncoming SUVs, mothers screaming because their babies are in peril (from oncoming SUVs), or something as benign as your teacher yelling at you for not paying attention in class. There’s a nice set of options too, such as manually adjusting how loud a sound must be to be allowed entry into your cranium, as well as pausing of the app or of your music. Awareness! is available for five bucks on the iPhone and iPod touch, and will soon jump on to the iPad, Android, Symbian, and even the Mac and PC.

Apple iPad: The Low-Price Leader?

Apple iPAD
Apple iPAD
\r\n\r\nNo one will ever accuse Apple of being a bargain brand, but the company’s iPad tablet may prove to be more affordable than the first generation of Android slates, particularly the Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Tab.Apple, a boon for bargain hunters? It’s true if your new Android tablet is tied to a 3G data contract, a time-honored tactic (at least in the United States) that lowers the up-front cost of the device, but tethers the buyer to a pricey two-year wireless data plan.\r\n\r\nTake the Streak, for instance. With a two-year AT&T contract, Dell’s 5-inch tablet starts at $300. To get that price, however, you’ll need to ink a voice and data plan. At Dell’s site, the cheapest option is a $55 per month deal: 450 voice minutes for $40; and 200MB data for $15. That comes to $1620 for two years of Dell Streak usage: $1320 for the 3G plan; and $300 for the tablet.\r\n\r\nDon’t want a 3G contract? In that case, the Streak costs $550. Shockingly, that’s $50 more than the 16GB (Wi-Fi-only) iPad.\r\n\r\nWhich would you rather buy? Of course, the Apple and Dell slates are very different beasts. Arguably, the Streak is more of a freakishly large smartphone than a tablet. It has two cameras. The iPad has none, although that’s likely to change soon. Given a choice, most people would opt for the iPad, with its elegant design and larger display, over the relatively clunky Streak–which happens to cost more.\r\n\r\nTo be fair, let’s price the iPad with 3G service. (It’s important to note that you’re not tethered to a long-term contract with the iPad. You can cancel AT&T’s 3G service at any time.) The 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G costs $629 up front–more than twice the Streak’s price. AT&T charges $15 per month for 250MB of data. So over two years, the least you’d pay for an iPad with 3G service is $989. (That’s $629 for the device, plus $360 for 24 months of AT&T.)\r\n\r\nThe Dell Streak cost $631 more to operate over two years than the iPad. Of course, you could cut costs by using the Streak as a cell phone too. But with its 5-inch display, the gargantuan Streak is awfully big for a phone.\r\n\r\nGalaxy Mystery\r\n\r\nThe first Samsung Galaxy Tab models will include both 3G and Wi-Fi. They’ll be offered by all four major U.S. wireless carriers, none of which has announced pricing details at this time. Industry watchers expect the subsidized units to sell for around $300, however.\r\n\r\nIf you want a Galaxy Tab with Wi-Fi only, there’s good and bad news. The good is that Samsung plans to release a Wi-Fi only model; the bad is that it won’t say when.\r\n\r\nWhile every business is different, it’s safe to say that many companies would choose a Wi-Fi-only tablet over a 3G/Wi-Fi model, particularly if the 3G option requires a long-term data contract. Some remote employees such as salespeople might benefit from 3G service, but tablet-toting workers in an office or industrial setting would function just as well with Wi-Fi.\r\n\r\nGiven the large number of Android tablets on the horizon, the Wi-Fi-only option will almost certainly become a standard option soon. But for now, Apple’s iPad pricing is impressively affordable relative to its Android competitors. Who would’ve known?