New & Improved - 28 Feb 2006

Achieve Wired Speeds with Your Wireless Network
NETGEAR released the RangeMax 240 Wireless Router, a wireless-networking solution capable of delivering data at the speed of wired connections. When using the router with the RangeMax 240 Wireless Notebook Adapter or the RangeMax Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter, you can achieve a data rate of up to 240MBps. RangeMax 240 also strengthens the coverage of your wireless signal by using multi-input multi-output (MIMO) technology. Instead of relying on one wireless signal, RangeMax 240 can use multiple signals at the same time; therefore, if any one signal is interrupted, you can still maintain your network connection and eliminate any dead spots while extending the range of your connection. RangeMax 240 is also compatible with 802.11 b/g solutions and improves their performance. Visit NETGEAR for pricing., 408-907-8000, 888-638-4327

Protect Your Privacy
Skylark Utilities released Wipe It 3.01, a utility that protects your deleted data by sanitizing your hard drive, flash drive, or Zip drive. Wipe It overwrites each track numerous times to make sure it has no leftover file fragments that can be recovered from your original deletion. The GUI walks you through the sanitization steps and calculates the remaining time for the process. The product also features a reconditioning process that increases your drive's longevity. Wipe It 3.01 works for all versions of Windows, and a free 90-day trial is available. Pricing starts at $29.95 for a single-user license., 770-319-2718, 877-734-7638

Extend the Protection of Your Critical Data Assets
Atempo released Time Navigator Security and Compliance Manager (SCM), a storage-security solution that protects your data against eavesdropping, tampering, and impersonation. Atempo's trusted Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) provides defense against such attacks by integrating several security methods, including advanced file encryption and hash algorithms, digital signatures, and hierarchical key management through Time Navigator SCM. Stephen Terlizzi, Atempo vice president of global marketing, says, "Data protection has rapidly transformed to deliver ILM functionality to organizations. Atempo is driving the move to trusted ILM with the addition of its strong security offering. Our SCM uniquely protects organizations' data against multidimensional threats. Simple encryption alone is insufficient to ensure success.", 650-494-2600

Regulatory compliance is also built into Time Navigator SCM, which provides templates for Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC-17a, and HIPAA, among other compliance regulations. Because organizations store many different types of data, Time Navigator SCM lets you apply the level of security that you need, depending on the value of the data you're storing. For pricing, contact Atempo.

Manage Your Network Activities
Miridix released Shareview Pro 2.7, a solution that lets you manage all your network activities from one UI. The product lets you manage all your inbound and outbound connections and lets you create rules for sites and protocols. New to this version are one-click buttons for resource lockouts, firewall activation, and monitor start. Shareview Pro also contains separate modules for shared resource management, firewall protection, network resources, traffic monitoring, network utilities, and network logs. Shareview Pro is priced at $24.95.

Obtain 3G Network Internet Connectivity
Avanquest Software released Pocket PhoneTools 5 PRO, a communications tool that gives your PDA Internet access by using your cell phone as a modem. This new version gives you access to high-speed third-generation (3G) cellular networks and is now compatible with more cell phone brands, including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson. In addition, you can now view your Short Message Service (SMS) messages on your PDA's Today screen. Pocket PhoneTools 5 PRO supports Windows XP/2000/ME/NT/98/95 and is compatible with all PDAs that use Pocket PC 2003SE/2003/2002. A free trial version is available. Pricing starts at $49.95., 720-330-1451, 800-325-0834

Control the Windows Startup Process
F-Group Software released Absolute StartUp 5.1, an optimizer for the Windows startup process. The product contains a UI that lets you manage your entire Windows startup, including your registry, startup folders, and applications. Absolute StartUp uses an online database that contains all information about the programs to be started and also includes recommendations from other computer users regarding whether to keep certain programs on your startup list. Pricing is $19.95 for Absolute StartUp Home Edition and $29.95 for Absolute StartUp.

Support 64-Bit Guest OSs
VMware released VMware Workstation 5.5, desktop virtualization software for use by anyone who runs multiple OSs simultaneously on the same PC. This release now features support for 64-bit guest OSs and a free utility that checks for all supported processors. Also new to this release is support for two-way Virtual SMP, which lets you configure real-world production environments by using a single virtual machine (VM) to host two virtual processors. VMware Workstation 5.0 users can upgrade to Workstation 5.5 for free. Pricing for Workstation 5.0 starts at $189 through the VMware online store., 650-475-5000, 877-486-9273

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