Thursday, March 31, 2011

Keep your devices connected with xtop

A Canadian tech firm has finally launched the full-release version of its downloadable smartphone app that links your smartphone with a laptop, desktop or netbook. It’s like having several apps, such as Blunt, Tether and others, all in one.

Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS) is thinking outside the box when it comes to the standard smartphone experience. Its new application, called xtop, links your ‘Berry with up to three different devices via secure Bluetooth connection. We have heard from undisclosed sources within IMS that it’s built with some of the same technology the company used for its voice-interactive in-car platform, iLane, the device that lets you talk to your BlackBerry while driving.

Users of xtop can receive and send emails with a PC from just about anywhere — the office, at home, or commuting to work on the bus. Unfortunately you can’t just use voice commands like you can with iLane, but that would be cool – very Star Trek.

So, let’s say you’re in an important meeting with the bosses when your phone begins to wail like a newborn. Embarrassing, right? Well, xtop allows a user to see incoming calls on their laptop computer while it remains on silent in your pocket.

But xtop works the other way, too. Users can send and receive texts and instant messages from their computer. In fact, xtop features a special chat window just for this kind of interaction. (And let’s face it — texting on those tiny smartphone buttons is never preferable to a big ‘ol desktop keyboard.)

At the same time, xtop users can access a webmail account (like Gmail or Yahoo! Mail) on any smartphone, even if it isn’t near a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Interestingly, xtop also allows us to access our BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) and BlackBerry Express Server (BES) accounts without being on our BlackBerrys. Users can also tinker with their smartphone contact lists on a Bluetooth-connected PC.

IMS, which is based in the burgeoning tech metropolis of Waterloo, Ontario, has been shopping around xtop in beta form for some time. With its final edition finally available, those interested in downloading it can find xtop on,, or select carriers for about $59 per year.

Sumber :BBgeeks


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