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Free Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrade for Socket SoMo 650 Mobile Computer

Posted April 23, 2010

We are pleased to offer Socket SoMo 650 Windows Mobile 6 customers Service Pack 6 (SP6) free of charge. This release is full of New & Improved Features and Performance Enhancements. We encourage all customers to take advantage of SP6 to maximize your SoMo 650 investment.

  • Compatible only with SoMo 650 devices running Windows Mobile 6.
  • Customers using Windows Mobile 5 can purchase an upgrade DVD, SKU# SW1241-893

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Socket Barcode Scanners Help Humanitarian Groups

Posted April 23, 2010

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When you think of adopters of mobile technology, charities may not immediately come to mind, but Socket is seeing a rising number of international humanitarian organizations that deploy our mobile solutions. Some government agencies in the U.S. have also begun using Socket devices in their international relief work.

Businesses in healthcare, hospitality, and other industries usually choose to implement mobile technology as a way to eliminate inefficient paper-based processes, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are no different. Humanitarian organizations typically need to collect a lot of data from beneficiaries to assess people’s needs, measure the effectiveness of programs, and ensure the fairness of aid distribution.

Most NGOs generate high volumes of paperwork by collecting data in handwritten forms, which clerks need to transcribe into a spreadsheet or database. Adopting mobile technology enables organizations to spend less time in administrative paperwork, thus allowing them to serve more people and/or improve the quality of aid while also improving accountability to donors, board members, and other parties. Many NGOs are also involved in research studies or complex logistical operations which greatly benefit from mobile computing and data collection technology.

The Task Force for Global Health, based in Decatur, Georgia, uses Socket bluetooth barcode scanners in its program to eradicate lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis), a parasitic, disfiguring disease that afflicts more than 120 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of permanent and long-term disability in many tropical countries.

Health workers use Socket barcode scanners with GPS receivers and PDAs or laptop computers to track mosquito specimens as well as to scan wristbands and blood/urine samples while visiting households, schools or other sites within a community.

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Zebra Mobile Printer Batteries Tips

Posted April 23, 2010

Frequently asked questions and tips for your Zebra mobile printer batteries

Why is it beneficial to use a Zebra-branded battery?

Zebra batteries provide maximum run-time, they assure maximum cell life, and they utilize protective circuitry to guard against premature failure.

What is the difference between the various battery technologies?

Battery Technology Used in Advantages

Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)

Older, end-of-life Zebra products such as the PA™/PT™ series

Older, but reliable, battery technology. Must be conditioned. Can be damaged by repeated charging without fully discharging. This is called the “Memory Effect.”

Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)

Encore (EOL), Cameo, PS 2100™ series base

These batteries offer capacities up to 30% higher per charge than NiCd batteries of the same physical size. They are less likely to be damaged by the “Memory Effect.”

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

QL™ Plus series, RW™ series, MZ series™ PS 2100™ series controller

The newest rechargeable battery chemistry available. The “Memory Effect” does not affect Li-Ion. It can deliver the same capacity and run time in a smaller, lighter pack. The chemistry is most popular in cellular phones, PDAs, data terminals, and laptop products.

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CognitiveTPG Printer & Labels Help Skiers Race Through the Rental Process at Copper Mountain

Posted April 20, 2010

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Copper Mountain Resort needed a system to effectively manage its rental equipment inventory between five store locations and to expedite the rental process for its skiers and boarders.


Copper Mountain Resort was using an inefficient system to track and manage its inventory of ski rental equipment between each of the five different rental locations. According to Gary Deetz, Warehouse Supervisor, the self made system was faulty and labor intensive. Basically they combined 3 pieces of construction paper to determine store location, shelf location, and product information – the color paper represented the store location.

They needed a system to effectively manage its rental equipment inventory between five stores and to expedite the rental process for its customers. The system had to operate as a stand alone because of limited workspace to include a computer. They also needed to print serialized labels and be able to easily enter the variable information on the spot for the replacement labels. Finally they needed a label that would adhere to the ski, pole, boot, or snowboard without falling off due to the wide array of environments from freezing cold to 70 degrees and very wet conditions.


CognitiveTPG worked directly with Gary Deetz and his team to find a customized labeling solution to meet the ski resort rental facilities’ requirements. The C Series printer (4” Cxi) was the printer of choice because of its durable construction, LCD user interface menu, and its ability to attach a keyboard/scanner peripheral for a stand alone solution.

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Socket Mobile Wireless 2D Barcode Scanner Compatible With Apple iPad

Posted April 20, 2010

Apple iPad and Socket Mobile scannerDevelopers Creating Applications for Healthcare and Hospitality Can Quickly and Easily Add Sophisticated 2D/1D Barcode Scanning

Socket Mobile, an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced Apple iPad compatibility for the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) 7X and its antimicrobial equivalent, the CHS 7XRx. Released in January of this year, the CHS 7X and 7XRx are extremely lightweight, portable, state-of-the-art 2D barcode scanning solutions that fit a diverse set of application requirements in a range of industries including healthcare, hospitality and retail.

The Apple iPad paired with a Socket CHS 7XRx is a compelling system combination for healthcare and medical markets requiring tablet-sized screen displays and 2D barcode data collection.

“We see a lot of potential for the need to add barcode scanning to the iPad, particularly in the healthcare sector where barcode scanning is used in applications such as medication administration, patient ID verification, material management and pharmacy logistics,” said Samantha Chu, data collection product manager at Socket Mobile. “Adding the iPad to our already significant list of devices supported for 2D data collection was a must. We’ve received significant developer requests and market feedback beginning when the iPad was first announced, and we’re pleased to be able to deliver now that it’s available. We expect developers to immediately purchase units for software development, and shortly thereafter we’ll begin the process of pilot, beta and corporate deployments.”

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Teklynx SENTINEL Drives Global Labeling for Eaton

Posted April 20, 2010

Teklynx CODESOFTEaton Corporation is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems.

Eaton’s Electrical Sector provides electrical power distribution, power quality systems, industrial automation and control products and services for industrial, utility, commercial, residential and information technology markets. Eaton’s Electrical Sector recently consolidated its worldwide label printing using TEKLYNX® SENTINEL™ to interface with its enterprise systems, and CODESOFT® to manage worldwide formatting and printing.

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Pacific Timesheet Announces Partnership with BarcodesInc

Posted April 19, 2010

Pacific Timesheet partners with leading provider of Barcode, mobile computing, POS and RFID products in North America.

Pacific Timesheet has announced a strategic partnership with BarcodesInc to provide integrated time tracking solutions where employee, job and work order data are collected using barcode scanner systems, mobile computing, point of sale and RFID solutions.

BarcodesInc is the largest provider of barcode, mobile computing, point of sales and RFID products and solutions in North America.

Pacific Timesheet VP of Operations Jim Dickerson stated, “We are very pleased to formalize our partnership with BarcodesInc. Dickerson continued, “This partnership significantly enhances our product and service offerings into segments requiring important barcode, point of sale and mobile computing solutions. In particular, this helps our customers track time on jobs and work orders in manufacturing, distribution and supply chain operations.”

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POS-X VLINE Barcode Scanner

Posted April 14, 2010

POS-X VLINEPOS-X announces new Barcode Scanner

The VLINE general purpose LED Barcode Scanner offers class leading performance at an entry level price. Targeted towards the contact scanner market, the new Value Line scanner offers greater depth of field and maximum barcode width than its competitors.


With a scanning depth of over 4″ and a snappy 200 barcodes per second processing engine, the VLINE Barcode Scanner is the perfect choice for those on a tight budget. Available in USB, the plug and play VLINE barcode scanner integrates with practically all point of sale or inventory management systems. The impact resistant scanner also contains no moving parts and its lightweight ergonomic design makes the VLINE Barcode Scanner ideal for extended periods of use.

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Motorola DS9808-R & MC9090-G RFID ER RFID Readers Continue Industry Leadership

Posted April 14, 2010

Motorola today announced new radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions designed to help organizations gain increased visibility into business operations and deliver new levels of efficiency across the enterprise. Motorola’s DS9808-R is a next-generation hybrid presentation imager, introducing a brand new category of integrated RFID and bar code scanners for the retail point of sale (POS). The new MC9090-G RFID ER handheld reader leverages the award-winning features of the existing MC9090-G and adds extended range (ER) bar code scanning to increase productivity across the supply chain.

“With the introduction of the DS9808-R and new MC9090-G RFID ER, Motorola is further strengthening its RFID business and industrial-class portfolios, offering a greater opportunity for organizations to determine how RFID solutions can add business value across an enterprise,” said Mike Poldino, vice president and general manager of RFID, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. “As the demand for RFID solutions grows, we will continue Motorola’s strong tradition of innovating across our portfolio, building on our legacy leadership positions in bar code scanning and RFID solutions and driving application-specific enhancements to help our customers achieve their business goals.”

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MagTek iDynamo Credit Card Reader for iPhone and iPod Touch

Posted April 14, 2010

MagTek’s iDynamo Secures Sensitive Cardholder Data While Stopping Counterfeit Card Fraud at Point of Sale

MagTek, a global leader in retail electronic payment security, today announced the launch of iDynamo, the latest MagneSafe credit card reader, specifically designed to interface with card present payment applications made for the iPad, iPhone 3G and 3GS, and iPod Touch.

MagTek’s iDynamo will be immediately available to thousands of end-users who want to process payments from their phone as part of its MagneSafe integrated solution to fully encrypt and protect cardholder data at the earliest point of entry—when the card is swiped.

“We are very excited about the release of the iDynamo and its ability to secure card present transactions for mobile merchants,” noted John Arato, vice president of MagTek’s retail business unit. “As fraud continues to be an issue for the payment industry, we recognize our customers need products that will help them to mitigate their risk and comply with the PCI Data Security Standards while making the solution affordable for any size merchant.”

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