16 Aug DataPod becomes BeInSync so you can, too
Sharing files (Source: BeInSync)
DEMO 2004 presenting company DataPod spent last week in Silicon Valley to roll out its new identity and its long-awaited software. The Israeli company has taken on the moniker BeInSync, a name that aptly describes the services delivered by the 1.0 release of its synchronization technology.
BeInSync, the software, uses secure peer-to-peer technology to synchronize files among multiple computers. The solution is ideal for individuals, like me, who rely heavily on both desktop and laptop systems, and for small businesses that need basic file sharing among office computers.
Over the past year, I’ve tried a number of techniques to ensure that I’ve got the same files on both my desktop and laptop machines. I keep redundant e-mail data stores on both systems. I copy critical files to USB drives. I have tried a number of Web-
based file transfer services. And I am a happy user of the Mirra personal server. Still, I too often find myself out of sync and out of range of an appropriate connection through which to retrieve necessary data.
BeInSync eliminates this problem by keeping file systems in sync transparently. In fact, everything about this software is basically transparent. You simply download the software, follow the install instructions, and repeat the process on the computers you want to synchronize. With the software easily installed, BeInSync goes to work.
The ease of use alone could recommend this product. Still, BeInSync adds remote Web access and SSL encryption to ensure that the software meets the objectives of sensitive business users.
BeInSync won’t replace my Mirra backup solution—it will supplement it. But it does bring an end to the search for a better synchronization schema.
The company has also made the product easy to buy. For the next 60 days, BeInSync is free. After the market trial period, the company shifts to a subscription model, priced at $5.99/month for up to three PCs per user.
If you have ever struggled to keep files in sync (and who hasn’t) it’s worth the quick download to give BeInSync a try. You’ll find the software and further details at http://www.beinsync.com/ .
A few more DEMO and DEMOmobile alumni have recently announced new funding: Clairvoyante (www.clairvoyante.com), which makes pixel architectures that can double the resolution of LCDs, said it closed its series B round of financing with $6 million. The funding was led by American River Ventures, with participation from Intel Capital, Rocket Ventures, and Yasuda Capital.
DEMOmobile 2003 alumnus Firetide announced an additional $2 million for its series B funding by Mitsui & Co., with participation by Menlo Ventures, HMS Ventures, and individual investors. Firetide makes wireless mesh networking equipment.
Sprint and Research in Motion (RIM) today announced plans to offer the BlackBerry wireless email system to Sprint business customers by the end of the year. The BlackBerry software will be available on selected handheld devices that work on Sprint’s Nationwide PCS network, the companies said. Details on availability and pricing have not yet been announced.
If you’ve gotten an email from eBay or Citibank asking you to update your account, and you don’t even have an account with them, it’s probably a phishing attempt. A new software tool from WholeSecurity can now spot some of these fraudulent Web sites, the company announced recently. The product, called Web Caller-
ID, can detect Web pages that are dressed up to look like a legitimate e-commerce site. For more details on the product, check out this story from the IDG News service—http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/0816newtool.html .
The search is under way to find the 50 products that will launch at DEMOmobile 2004, September 8-10, 2004, in La Jolla, California. DEMOmobile is a high-visibility launch platform that will set your company on the path to success. It’s the best venue for positioning new mobile and wireless products and establishing strategic relationships with the players who will lead you to success. The conference’s stringent selection process and excellent reputation serves as an endorsement for your product as it comes to market. DEMO events have helped companies like Palm, Handspring, IBM Pervasive Computing, Logitech, Mirra, Tapwave, Macromedia—even Microsoft—launch their products, create critical business relationships, and sell to thought-leading early adopters.
DEMOmobile 2003 demonstrators benefited from more than 162 million media impressions before, during, and long after the event.
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Chris Shipley is the executive producer of NetworkWorld’s DEMO Conferences, Editor of DEMOletter and a technology industry analyst for nearly 20 years. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shipley, has covered the personal technology business since 1984 and is regarded as one of the top analysts covering the technology industry today. Shipley has worked as a writer and editor for variety of technology consumer magazines, including PC Week, PC Magazine, PC/Computing, and InfoWorld, US Magazine and Working Woman. She has written two books on communications and Internet technology, has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence, and was named the #1 newsletter editor by Marketing Computers for two years in a row. To subscribe to DEMOletter please visit: http://www.idgexecforums.com/demoletter/index.html.
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